NewsChannel 11 Hops Aboard Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's West Texas Bus Tour - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/16/07

NewsChannel 11 Hops Aboard Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's West Texas Bus Tour

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is wrapping up day two of a three day West Texas bus tour. Thursday the tour stopped on the South Plains and NewsChannel 11 was the only station to hop aboard.

Instead of walking into her office in Washington D.C. Thursday morning, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is conducting meetings in Plainview.

"Welcome to Plainview and Hale County, Texas," said the Mayor of Plainview, John Anderson.

After a warm welcome from nearly a hundred people, Senator Hutchison shares her top priorities.

"The most important issue we have in Washington is the war on terror," Senator Hutchison said.

 The floor is then given to her constituents.

One Plainview resident asked, "Is there any way you might be able to sign on to a plan to turn this war over to the Iraqis and bring our boys and girls home?" Another resident asks, "Is it a possibility of a debate on the farm bill, because it always goes down to a deadline and might we get an extension?"

In addition, before leaving the Senator squeezes in time for West Texas greetings.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison typically travels by plane. However, on this trip she is rolling on an RV, visiting 12 cities in three days on her West Texas bus tour

"You learn what they're thinking about and what their more local concerns are and I think it's very important for any elected official to do that, to stay in touch," Senator Hutchison comments.

On our way to Lubbock, NewsChannel 11 sits down with Senator Hutchison and asks her about plans to run for governor.

"Well, I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do in 2010, but it's certainly an option," said Hutchison.

She is then off to Texas Tech, to introduce a new wind energy program.

Hutchison said, "I can't think of a more appropriate place than Texas Tech to be that center. It's the first PhD program in America for an engineering degree in science and wind."

In less than an hour the senator is back on her RV, as it rolls out for Lamesa and all before lunch.

Senators Hutchison's bus tour wraps up Friday in Mineral Wells.

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