JUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison tells The Associated Press that Gov. Rick Perry's relentless attacks on her as a Washington insider has hindered her gubernatorial campaign.
Trailing in the polls with less than a week before the Republican primary on March 2, Hutchison said in an interview with the AP on her campaign bus Tuesday that Perry "definitely has made it more difficult for me."
Hutchison said she's been an effective senator for Texas but that Perry has tried to paint that success as a negative.
Hutchison, campaigning in a town in north Texas that makes cowboy boots, said she's always voted with Texas values. She says she's working hard to turn out grassroots supporters to force Perry into a runoff election.