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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stops in East Texas Tuesday morning

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) -

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was in East Texas Tuesday morning as part of a ten-city tour to announce his gubernatorial campaign. Abbott spoke to supporters at Horaney's Feed Store in Longview.

"Longview is where I grew up. It's where I played baseball. It's where I first felt the grip of a gun."

Abbott recounted the story of an oak tree that fell on him when he was out running 29 years ago. The accident severely injured his back and left him paralyzed. His daughter said she believes he has fought to overcome his disability and will use that fight in the governor's office.

"I really do have a steel spine," Abbott said. "And I'm going to put it to work for you every single day."

Abbott emphasized his experience as attorney general, enumerating the cases in which he took on the federal government and won. Many of those cases addressed religious and personal freedoms like Christianity-related displays at the state capitol.

Abbott also vowed to take on border security at the state level.

"As your next governor, I am going to do what the federal government has failed to do," Abbott said. "I'm going to secure our border."

On education, Abbott called for increased emphasis on work-readiness programs so that more people finish school prepared for jobs, regardless of whether they obtain a college degree.

"We have too many teachers being forced to teach to the test," Abbott said. "And too few graduates prepared to work."

Abbott was scheduled to stop in Wichita Falls and Duncanville later on Tuesday. He has lived in both cities in the past.

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