Stump speeches. They're tried and sometimes true, they're rinsed and repeated... and repeated... and repeated.

Over the course of covering a campaign, these purposely newsless speeches become as predictable as the constant barrage of email blasts to the press or the bad background music before candidates come on stage.

But a candidate's stump speech, at its core, is an attempt to convey a vision and a message. What are the themes of the race? What promises are being made? What does the candidate know – that the rest of us don't?

To better illuminate the signals and subtext at campaign events across the state, we bring you Stump Interrupted. It's a Tribune feature that we hope adds a little levity to the speeches voters will hear more and more as the primary election draws closer.

Gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's stump is the first to get interrupted. These are her remarks from a Waco campaign event in early October.

You can also click here to see more information and sourcing on the pop-up bubbles in this project.

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

Get The Brief

Never miss a moment in Texas politics with our daily newsletter.