Perry has been a fierce advocate of giving tax subsidies to companies that promise to bring jobs to Texas, but the conservative grassroots that make up Abbott bedrock supporters consider them to be corporate welfare. Abbott appeared to be making the point that the programs aren necessary.
to do a better job of reaching out to the growing Latino population, which is expected to eclipse whites as the domination ethnic group in Texas within a decade.
In a statement, Pauken welcomed Abbott to the race and challenged him to a "series of Lincoln Douglas style debates and community forums across the state so that voters can come to understand our differing views of how the Republican party should govern."
Abbott teenage daughter, Audrey, introduced her father to the audience and recalled their quieter moments outside the political spotlight hunting together, preparing for school and going to movies and concerts.
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Abbott campaign selected many of the cities he visited to highlight key moments in his life. After San Antonio, Abbott travels to Houston, where he began his legal career and got his start in politics as a judge on the 129th state district court.
The date and the location of Abbott announcement Sunday brought together two major pillars of his biography. Exactly 29 years ago, Abbott was seriously injured, during a jog in Houston, in a freak accident that left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. And it was here in San Antonio that Abbott married his wife, Cecilia, in 1981.
"We already have a 21st century economy," he said. "Now we need a 21st century education system." With little meat in the policy proposals, though, it was hard to say whether Abbott would represent Perry 2.0 or more of a clean break.
"It was a joining of hands, but it was also a joining families," he said. "But more important than our marriage was a uniting of cultures: my Anglo heritage and Cecilia Irish and Hispanic heritage." Abbott dropped a few words of Spanish into his remarks, referring to his mother in law as "mi suegra," and saying that his marriage represented a union of two houses that had one foundation.
demands better education, safer communities and smarter government," Abbott said. "The children of Texas deserve it, and we will deliver it."
Abbott also promised to make "skyrocketing tuition a thing of the past" and said he would usher in "a new era of education reform."
"I know my dad will be a great leader, just like he been a great dad," she said. Abbott wife and daughter appeared with him when he came onto the stage and then stood to his left during the speech.
At this first stop on a whirlwind tour of 10 cities over the next five days, Abbott hit the highlights of his political career. He touted his defense of religious displays in public areas, his prosecution of child predators, his opposition to abortion and his history of fighting "overreaching" government in the courtroom.
Abbott official entry into the race has been a foregone conclusion since Monday, six days ago, when Perry announced he would step down at the end of his term, 18 months from now. Abbott now becomes the front runner in the first governor race without an incumbent since 1990. With a war chest of more than $20 million and the blessing of the GOP establishment in conservative Texas, he will be hard to beat.
Abbott, 55, strayed away from policy specifics, sticking instead to broad rhetorical strokes and weaving elements of his biography into his conservative vision for state government.
Abbott highlighted his introduction to Latino culture by talking about his marriage to Cecilia Phalen Abbott, whose mother is Hispanic, during his speech Sunday. Abbott in laws live in San Antonio, where about 60 percent of the population is Latino. Abbott noted that he married his wife not far from here 31 years ago at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
"Together, we can prioritize that we need the most," he said. "Our water supplies are going too low. You know by traveling the highway that our traffic congestion is getting too thick, and our schools must do better. We can solve those problems not by raising taxes, but by right sizing government and putting real limits on spending in Austin, Texas."
"When Rick Perry announced he was stepping down, most Texans had a dream come true," he said. "But the sad reality is that Greg Abbott record of failure which is far worse than Perry would be a nightmare."
it did not include: any mention of the man he wants to replace, the swaggering Gov. Rick Perry. Abbott walked a careful line between advocating many of the same conservative policies Perry championed over the last dozen years while offering something new and different.
Abbott faces Tom Pauken, former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, in the March GOP primary. Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, D Fort Worth, who rose to instant stardom after waging a filibuster that helped temporarily derail a restrictive abortion bill, is considering a run for governor. But in a state that hasn elected a Democrat statewide since 1994, it will be an uphill climb.
Some of the topics he mentioned in Sunday speech suggest that Abbott is running to the right of Perry. While there were no detailed policy initiatives unveiled, Abbott called for an economy with a "level playing field that gets government out of the business of picking between winners and losers, and by reducing taxes on employers."
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Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said people hoping for a better state leader in a post Perry Texas would be disappointed if Abbott wins in November 2014.
On Tuesday, Abbott, 55, will visit his birthplace, Wichita Falls. He stage an event there in front of the first home he knew as a little boy. He also visit Longview, where he attended Converse Trainers Uk Womens elementary school, then Duncanville, where Abbott graduated from high school and excelled at track and field. Abbott will wrap up the 10 city tour Thursday in Austin.
"Come on, let go!" one of them yelled before Abbott took the stage. "It hot."
"Government is supposed to be on your side not riding your backs," Abbott said.
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"When it comes to our freedom and our future, I will never, I will never, stop fighting," Abbott declared. "That why I asking you the people of Texas to elect me as your next governor."
Abbott also proposed reining in state debt by "reducing the amount the state can borrow."
SAN ANTONIO (The Texas Tribune) With his wife and daughter standing near, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott kicked off his campaign for governor Sunday in San Antonio sun drenched La Villita plaza, where he promised to fight for a Texas of "boundless opportunity and limitless imagination."
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