The Brief: Abbott Pushes Back on "Third World" Criticism

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On paper and in person, GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott pushed back on Monday against critics of his use of the term "third world" to describe corruption in Texas.

"My comments about 'corruption resembling third-world country practices' are as true today as when I said them last week. My goal is to make them untrue tomorrow. Those comments were not directed at the Rio Grande Valley — they apply wherever corruption is found," Abbott wrote in a commentary published by The (McAllen) Monitor. "It does not matter where public corruption occurs in Texas; it must be stopped ...

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