(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's not familiar with the legal language of the indictment handed up against him by a grand jury in Travis County last week.
"I've been indicted by that same body now for, I think, two counts: One of bribery, which I'm not a lawyer so I don't really understand the details here," he said in a lengthy explanation of the case before a New Hampshire audience.
Perry was not indicted for bribery, but counts alleging coercion of a public servant and abuse of power relating to a political controversy.
The case centers on Perry's threat to veto in June 2013 of $7.5 million approved by the Legislature to fund a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat. He wanted her out, following a drunk-driving arrest. He ultimately vetoed the measure and she refused to leave.
"I made the decision - if I'm going to be held responsible for making decisions about where Texas taxpayer money gets spent - I was not funding that agency," Perry said. "As long as that individual was there, I did not feel comfortable. I think the general public did not feel comfortable."
Arguing that the office "has been politically motivated through the years," Perry said prosecutors were mounting a partisan attack against the governor.
He referenced former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay as two Republicans previously indicted in Travis County. (Hutchison was acquitted. DeLay was convicted, but his conviction was overturned.)
"I refer to Travis County as the blueberry in the tomato soup if you know what I mean," Perry said, referring to the liberal-leaning political views in the Austin area, compared to other parts of the reliably red state.
Perry vows to fight the charges, which he and his legal team are framing as a political attack against the Republican governor.
His attorney said Friday at Perry's arraignment hearing, which the governor was not required to attend, that he plans to seek to dismiss the case.
"I think this is an attack on the constitutional duties of a governor. I'm going to fight this with every fiber of my being," he said, saying "the rule of law" was at stake. "It's not lost on me how important this is for our country."