Texas attorney general jumps into governor's race
July 14th, 2013
04:38 PM ET
9 years ago

Texas attorney general jumps into governor's race

(CNN) – Longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a political conservative, announced his candidacy for governor on Sunday.

Abbott’s move came less than a week after Gov. Rick Perry said he would not seek another term in Austin, clearing a potential path, some say, for him to run for president.

Abbott made the announcement in San Antonio, a decision that many expected as he has already raised tens of millions for the race.

“When it comes to our freedom and our future, I will never - I will never stop fighting," he said.

First elected attorney general in 2002, Abbott has defended socially conservative causes during his tenure. These include pushing for the display of a Ten Commandments monument of the grounds of the Texas Capitol in 2005.

He also has sued the Obama administration more than 25 times, including case that led to the landmark Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, last year.

"Greg Abbott's entry into the governor's race gives Texans a strong candidate who will continue Governor Rick Perry's legacy of pro-jobs policies and successful conservative leadership," said Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

"As an avid defender of state sovereignty, Greg has amassed an unprecedented record for preserving individual rights and stopping federal overreach," he said.

Democrats have not yet put up a candidate for an office they have not held in nearly 20 years. Ann Richards, who left in 1995, was the last Democratic governor of the state.

Many have encouraged state Sen. Wendy Davis to run. Her filibuster of anti-abortion legislation that is expected to become law this week drew wide attention to the legislation and her as a political figure.

Democrats were quick to blast Abbott as an out-of-touch conservative.

"Greg Abbott's entrance into the race for Governor in Texas is another step backward for a national Republican Party trying to gain relevance outside of its narrow, right-wing base," the Democratic National Committee said.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    Democrats have not yet put up a candidate for an office they have not held in nearly 20 years. Ann Richards, who left in 1995, was the last Democratic governor of the state.

    yeah, texas learned their lesson long ago and are doing great while the rest of the democrat controlled states flounder and flirt with bankruptcy.

    July 14, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Ha, Worse then Perry. Remember Women of Texas. The republican party is the one trying to take away your Constitutional rights. Be very careful when they try to circumvent the Constitution, for the next right they try to circumvent will be the one that you hold dear.

    July 14, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. LibtardFantasy

    Texas lead the way out of this hole the liberals have dug us!

    July 14, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. it must be said

    Texas has only made one mistake, joining the union and becoming a state. Had the people back then been able to see what the country has turned into and the immense unmanageable behemoth the federal government has become, they would have surely remained their own country. They remain a beacon of hope for the rest of the country.

    July 14, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. PJ

    Texas has so much oil and gas Mickey Mouse would be successful. Not because the current Governor is so
    great, but because he knows how to play the system.
    Honesty and integrity would be something refreshing in a new Governor. One can only hope.

    July 14, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    TX is a conservative state.........and is expected to remain so........especially in the face of the corruption of the Federal government, under the Democrats.

    July 14, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just another GOP perry stoog, nothing changes and Texas will continue to go backward in spite of GOP bs and propaganda and lies!!!!

    July 14, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    I'd encourage the US to sell Texas to Mexico, but even the Mexicans don't want Texas anymore either.

    July 14, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. king

    lesson folks, texas is suppose to be like Saudi Arabia where oil is concerned. how jacked up will a governor has to be to have most people living below the poverty line in our country. yes i know texas run itself with all that oil but a governor's job is to make sure that the citizens have healthcare; which texas is at the bottom, and make sure they are living above the poverty line. both of these stuff fails miserably. almost all the money that is generated in Texas economy is sent to the big boys for them to hide it in tax haven overseas. i know Texas goes around and steels companies from other states, but what is it benefiting our nation as a whole, when our nation has more people living below the poverty lines, while big businesses are making more money than anytime in history.

    July 14, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. HenryMiller

    "These include pushing for the display of a Ten Commandments..."

    Another neo-con religious nut. It mystifies me why every politician that makes fiscal sense wants to cram their religion down everyone's throats. It's really discouraging.

    July 14, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Sheila

    I haven't had a front end alignment since I left the northeast – LOL – nice roads here in TX – jobs, jobs, jobs, everyone is hiring – everybody spending money – practically everywhere you go – NO Potholes !! At least I don't have to shovel any more snow – I would have to drive 4 hrs to Dallas to buy a snow shovel. lol

    July 15, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  12. Marie MD

    I take it that Mexico doesn't want Texas back?
    Let them secede and become their own country. We don't need them.

    July 15, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  13. just me

    Texas lead the way out of this hole? That, my friend, would truly be leading from behind. And let's not forget it was a texan who supervised the digging of this hole.

    July 15, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |