From The Dallas Morning News:
AUSTIN – As the GOP struggles nationally to redefine itself, the debate over what it means to be a Republican is playing out in Texas, too, through Kay Bailey Hutchison’s challenge to Gov. Rick Perry.
Hutchison says the “core principles” that will help the party grow are not social, but economic: smaller government, lower taxes and free enterprise.
Perry’s appeal is to a GOP base that sees social issues such as abortion as a litmus test of party purity.