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Hutchison to get elder Bush's endorsement for Texas governor

Former President George H.W. Bush is expected to endorse Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for governor today in Houston, but his face was all over television statewide about 12 years ago stumping for the man Hutchison is challenging: incumbent Rick Perry.

At the time, Perry was running for lieutenant governor.

"Barbara and I have known him for a long, long time, and everyone in our family strongly supports him," Bush said in the commercial for Perry's campaign for lieutenant governor. "You have a good man. He's demonstrated his integrity and honor in office."

The spot included words of support from then-Gov. George W. Bush. It ended with George H.W. Bush saying, "My heart is where Barbara’s is, is where George's is, in the Perry corner."

The news of the senior Bush's endorsement comes the same week that former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker officially backed Hutchison. The senator also has endorsements from former White House counselor Karen Hughes and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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