POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 6:58am
MCALLEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott met with supporters and wanted to make clear his principles.
"The conservative values of family, of faith, of free enterprise," Abbott told a pack crowd at a restaurant in McAllen. "The values that go toward whatever one aspires to."
Abbott has been Attorney General for 11 years. He's a paraplegic who was injured almost three decades ago after he was hit by a tree while on a run.
Now he gets around on a wheelchair.
The Wichita Falls native drew one of his biggest cheers from the crowd when he said he's sued President Barack Obama's administration 27 times.
"I'm going to continue to fight for conservative principles that have made America great," Abbott said. "Fighting back against an overreaching federal government."
Abbott said that to mitigate the effects of a quickly growing population in Texas, he will have to act on the issues of education, water and traffic congestion.
When asked how he would differ from current Governor Rick Perry, he avoided the question.
"I think that the question everybody has is, were (Abbott) to win the primary and then the general election, would he be Perry light or would he be even stronger than Perry was," said Jim Wenzel, an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas - Pan American.
On several occasions Abbott talked about his hispanic wife, Cecilia. He said he understands the growing role of Hispanics in Texas elections; and the increasing clout of voters from the Valley.
"The Valley is incredibly important to me and to the future of the state of Texas," Abbott said. "The Valley is a location I'll be coming to often."