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TX AG Greg Abbott campaigns in Beaumont
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is running to represent the Republican Party in the November gubernatorial race. He faces three other Republican challengers in Tuesday's primary. Most everyone agrees, Abbott will face off with Democrat Wendy Davis in November's general election.
Friday, Abbott stopped to campaign at The Cafe in downtown Beaumont. The room was packed with supporters.
"I will never stop fighting, and that's why I'm asking you to elect me as your next governor," said Abbott as the room erupted into cheers.
Abbott said, as governor, he would improve schools and education in Texas by restoring local control to local school districts and reducing standardized testing. He also promised to build more roads and keep Texas ranked number one in job creation.
"Texas is the national leader in creating jobs and I will continue that effort by reaching outside the state to attract businesses here," said Abbott. "And what attracts businesses here is the fact that we do have less government, we do have smart regulations, and we do have the right to work laws."
Abbott responded to criticism he has faced for having invited Ted Nugent on his campaign trail. In January, Nugent called President Obama a "sub-human mongrel." Abbott says the comments are offensive and he disagrees.
"I knew nothing about those comments beforehand," said Abbott. "I knew him as an ardent supporter of the second amendment, but I didn't know about any of those derogatory comments he made and I certainly distanced myself from him."
Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Abbott is appealing the ruling.
"I think when this case does get back up to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court will reaffirm what it said before, and that is states have the right to define marriage," said Abbott.
After urging his supporters to vote, Abbott told the crowd President Obama is helping the Democratic candidate for governor, Wendy Davis, campaign.
"His campaign assistants are running Wendy Davis's campaign and we cannot allow Barack Obama's team to hi-jack the great state of Texas," said Abbott.
Helen Danna attended the campaign stop. "He's so down to earth, and I love him, and I got a big kiss on the cheek from him," said Danna.
Cara Cheshire also attended the event. "I thought it was very to the point," said Cheshire. "I agreed with everything he said."
Cheshire also brought her two young daughters.
"They're going to be our future generation one day, I want them to get involved now," said Cheshire.
"Texans have freedom," said Abbott. "It is that freedom I will fight for as your next governor."
Attorney General Abbott is campaigning through the weekend before the primary election on Tuesday.