In El Paso, Abbott Says He Won't Ignore Region

EL PASO — Continuing a tour across the state after announcing his gubernatorial campaign, Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday lambasted the federal government and touted his conservative credentials during a visit to this Democratic stronghold.

Citing his defense of religious freedoms and support for the Second Amendment, Abbott promised to keep fighting Washington if elected the next leader of Texas.

"When the overreaching Barack Obama administration tried to take away your freedom, I fought back by filing 27 lawsuits to protect the Constitution," he said. "I did not invent that phrase 'Don't Mess With Texas,' but I have applied ...

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