Perry, Hutchison oppose Cash for Clunkers program

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - As Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison head toward an epic primary showdown in the race to be Texas governor, the two haven't been able to agree on much lately.

But the two GOP powerhouses were able to find common ground in at least one area Wednesday: their opposition to the popular "Cash for Clunkers" federal stimulus program.

Hutchison's Capitol office released a statement Wednesday saying she planned to vote against a $2 billion appropriation for the program. It allows consumers to get a federal subsidy for trading in their gas guzzling autos for greener cars.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner was quick to follow up with his own statement, saying, "Governor Rick Perry is opposed to the program."

A spokesman for Democratic candidate Tom Schieffer declined to comment.