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Sen. Hutchison will try to unseat Texas governor

August 17, 2009

LA MARQUE, Texas (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says Texas Gov. Rick Perry is "trying to stay too long" in office and has proposed putting a limit on how long a governor can serve.

Hutchison made the proposal as she announced her candidacy for Texas governor on Monday in the city of La Marque, where she grew up, as part of a 19-city campaign announcement tour that runs through Friday.

The state's senior U.S. senator has said she is stepping down from that post in order to run against Perry in the March 2010 Republican primary.

Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history and has been in office since 2000. There are no limits on how long a Texas governor can serve, but Hutchison suggests the limit should be two four-year terms.

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