Abbott discusses issues, campaign plans in Lubbock

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 7/18/2013 1:01 am
State Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Lubbock as part of his 10-city campaign kickoff for governor. This is actually a trip back to his roots.  Abbott attended Texas Tech Law School.

Susan and Richard Newman were at the rally. "We'll we needed to come and meet him and see what his ideas are."

The Newman's had plenty of company. Abbott packed the house at the American Wind Power Center.

After a quick introduction from his daughter. The AG wasted no time and delved into the topic that was on everyone's mind, but would not be polite to ask about.

"How slow was that guy jogging to get hit by a fallen tree," he said.

Twenty-nine years ago Abbott was on a jog when a tree fell on him. It left him paralyzed.

"But after that I realized I can go on and serve," he said.

Abbott has been the State Attorney General for the last decade. He's hoping his resume will get him elected.

"I filed 27 lawsuits against the Obama administration ensuring the federal government is not going to transform Texas into the Washington D.C. style politics," he said.
     
Lubbock State Representative John Frullo said, "I think supporting the Texas values on that federal level for the state is a big thing."

Abbott supporter Joseph Vachon said, "I think there needs to be a change in the school system. There needs to be a change in a couple of things around Texas. I think Abbott is one of the answers to it."

Abbott said the future of Texas demands a better education system and a smarter government.

"I want to make budget priorities, out of roads, water, and education," Abbott said. "We will fulfill those priorities even if it means if like what families have to do and that is by making some cut-backs in some others areas."

Abbott made it clear that he stands firmly behind the school that gave him his career.

"As we look at the future for the state of Texas, I know that Texas Tech has to be one of the answers to the solutions in Texas, but also the agricultural community, and the wind community where we are right now."

As of right now, Abbott is the overwhelming favorite to win the GOP nomination and general election.  Former State Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken has also announced for the primary. No Democratic candidate has emerged, just yet. 

Abbott has severed as a district judge, and a justice on the State Supreme Court. 
 
According to his web site, as Attorney General he has collected more than $24 million in child support for children and has established a Cyber Crimes Unit.
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