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[Exclusive Video] PJ Goes One-On-One with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Asks About the Wendy Davis Threat

The Obama administration/campaign is investing heavily to "turn Texas into a California-style state."

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Bryan Preston

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October 3, 2013 - 9:28 am
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 55, has waged long-running battles over Obamacare, the Environmental Protection Agency’s war on coal, and religious freedom with the Obama administration on behalf of Texans. With Gov. Rick Perry declining another run, Abbott announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor back in July. Since that time, his campaign announced that it has amassed a gigantic campaign war chest around $20 million, former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken and former TV host Miriam Martinez have joined the fray in the Republican primary, and, just today, state Sen. Wendy Davis announced her run for the Democratic nomination.

Davis will face a number of obstacles, including her party affiliation — Democrats haven’t won statewide elections in Texas for a very long time, and President Obama lost badly here in 2008 and 2012 — and the fact that she is to the left of Texas’ center of gravity on abortion, guns, and the Obama administration’s policies. Her defense of late-term abortion, which made her famous nationally, may yet prove her undoing in Texas.

PJ recently spent a few minutes with AG Abbott to discuss his battles against Washington, and the campaign.

“The reason why we’ve been taking on the Obama administration is because I’ve been fighting for less government, lower taxes, fewer regulations,” Abbott said. “And we’ve been winning these fights. I’ve now filed 28 lawsuits against the Obama administration. Only 14 of them have gone to final judgement. Of those 14, we’ve won 10 and lost four.” Abbott added that the lawsuits are aimed at “fighting back against an overreaching federal government that’s trying to impose even more regulations, even higher taxes, even less liberty.”

Abbott had kind words to say for Gov. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history. “I believe Gov. Perry has been the best governor in the entire country for creating business opportunity, for attracting jobs, for promoting opportunity.” Abbott said that he would keep policies that attract jobs and reward ingenuity. But he says he will be looking for ways to make Texas’ business climate even better, and signaled that the Texas Enterprise Fund might come to an end. He also says he will look for ways to reduce the state’s debt load, which he calls “a form of passive taxation.”

Abbott joined the lawsuit that sought to overturn Obamacare at the Supreme Court, and spares no wrath for the controversial law now. “Well, I think that Obamacare is the worst piece of legislation in my lifetime. Maybe in the history of this country. And, even the architect of it, the Obama administration themselves, realize this is too complicated for them to impose. In fact, what we’re seeing from the Obama administration is, their only pathway out of it is to grant special exceptions,” letting certain groups out of the law’s mandates. Abbott says that if Congress and their staffs get to be exempted, then the people of Texas should also get an exemption from Obamacare as well. He vowed that the fight against Obamacare will continue if he is elected governor. State Sen. Wendy Davis, the presumed Democrat nominee, supports Obamacare, even though it is causing layoffs among Texas businesses.

Abbott pledged that his priorities in the next legislative session including keeping spending tight, eliminating the state’s controversial CSCOPE educational curriculum, blocking Common Core from ever entering Texas, and securing the Texas-Mexico border.

Abbott also vowed to continue defending Texas’ voter ID law, which the Obama administration is suing to block.

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28 weeks ago
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Interesting that most of the stories regarding Davis' announcement that are linked on Facebook by various media outlets are drawing heavy negative commenters.
28 weeks ago
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There are two types of Texas Democrats, when it comes to how they're strategizing for statewide office.

The types being send down by Team Obama, which Wendy Davis has bought into, thinks Texas can be turned into New York or California simply by throwing money at the campaigns in 2014 and into the future. That's not going to work because of both the general mindset and the issues that are different in the state -- i.e., not just abortion, but the anti-fossil fuel attitude of the national Democratic Party threatens to take high-paying jobs away from hundreds of thousands of Texas workers, many of those in Hispanic-majority areas.

The savvier ones (and they are out there) are the ones following the state version of Rahm Emanuel's 2006 House of Representatives strategy, which is to find candidates who'll in general talk moderate, and even hold back on their votes or statements that might set off alarm bells among voters until the Democrats have a majority in Austin. It's actually similar to the 1990 strategy when Ann Richards was elected as a 'moderate' and in 1991 she and the other Dems in the Texas Legislature suddenly decided that the state's economic problems were so severe, Texas couldn't survive without a state income tax.

The Wendy Davis types can be irritating, but by being up-front in their liberalism are less dangerous than the stealth types, who won't fully play their hands until their in position to actually enact legislation.
28 weeks ago
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oh, goodness....tex-mex hispanics have been here since the beginning of Texas. They are more upset about illegal immigrants than Anglo- Texans are.

Welfare payments are very, very low. I've met people moving out of Texas b/c they cannot survive on transfer payments.

My kids go to school with Katrina in-migrants. The ones who stayed figured out they could make a good living if they quit smoking pot and got to work. They are very, very conservative now.

California immigrants- that's a different story. I don't know what ya'll did to your state, but grownups crying b/c "they used to be cool"? Or, second-rate "creative class" types upset b/c the state won't pay them to ? run a band? perform slam poetry? make lame pottery???

Austin has a few, specific liberal sections. The rest- mostly the suburb-ish parts you mostly hear sneered about by the newspaper- is harder conservative than most of the posters on PJM. Even ( especially) the 'soccer moms.'







28 weeks ago
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What about all the racists who agree with Wendy that the democrats should be allowed to butcher thousands of negro babies in Texas?
28 weeks ago
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As I said.... make every Dem in the state own her and her positions and her supporters. Consider the optics of small town Texas Dems trying to distance themselves from the candidate the National Committee has decided to make their poster girl for invading big bad Texas. I can promise you Davis' positions don't play in Happy, Texas.
28 weeks ago
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If the Republicans don't squander their opportunity, Wendy Davis will be the gift that keeps on giving in every single race in Texas. Tie her and her agenda (and her supporters) around the neck of every single Dem whether they're running for the State Senate or the City Dog Catcher. Force Dems in small towns "where her line of bull doesn't play" to own her.
28 weeks ago
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Like California? It could happen. Pretty much sews up the Electoral College.
28 weeks ago
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I hate to be negative, but God never gave me rose-colored glasses. Texas is a lost cause. First, the tens of thousands of low-information Democrat voters that were displaced from New Orleans to Houston; second, the millions of new Democrat voters soon to amnestied from Mexico; third, the growing number of gays displaced from California's terrible job market and its prohibitive real estate prices, who move to Austin; fourth, the enormous number of dumb whites on welfare.
28 weeks ago
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I hate to tell you, but you are so off base it isn't even funny.

People like you (the uninformed) make comments that are just blatantly false because you don't possess any facts. So let me straighten you out a bit:

1) illegals will not be able to get Texas voter registration cards without a Texas photo I.D. including a driver's license. Texas does not give driver's licenses to illegals. Starting with our next election this November, I.D. will be required to vote.

2) Texas has been experiencing an in-migration from other states for 10 years and since Katrina (2005) Texas has had two national elections. Obama took fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008, and Mitt Romney took more votes than John McCain.

3) Austin (the San Francisco of the Southwest), Houston and Dallas do not Texas make.

Sorry to burst your bubble.
28 weeks ago
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Mike, if Texas ever becomes a lost cause, then the United States will have already been lost. Yes the cities of Dallas and Houston have flipped to the Democrats, and rapidly converting Mexicans into US citizens could make Democrats more competitive, but the last Republican candidate for governor to lose was Clayton Williams in 1990. Greg Abbott isn't going to joke about rape and Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards.

One advantage of Texas being large in both land area and population is it takes more people to change it's political character than Colorado or Arizona. It's pretty easy to add new Republican-friendly outer-ring suburbs which can absorb large numbers of new arrivals without becoming dense and urban. In addition, suburban and rural Texas tend to attract relatively conservative people out of nearby Great Plains/Midwest states. People don't move to Texas for natural beauty, superior nightlife, and pleasant climate. People move to Texas to get a better job to support a family.
28 weeks ago
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This state will be the battleground for years to come, until the dirtbags are sent packing or they win. This is not good for Texas, or the country. It's like Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Texas needs more Rick Perrys and Ted Cruz's. God help them.
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