AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is vowing to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he's kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential 2016 presidential run.
Perry calls two felony counts of abuse of power issued by an Austin grand jury "outrageous" and makes no apologies for his 2013 veto that prompted a criminal investigation against the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
Perry made it clear he will finish his term that ends in January and says it was the investigation against him - and not his actions - that amounted to an abuse of power. A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Perry for carrying out a threat to veto state funds to the local district attorney, an elected Democrat, who refused to resign following a drunken-driving arrest.
Perry says "We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country."
Perry, the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, is again dismissing the charges as nakedly political and says he would not hesitate to execute a veto under the same circumstances again.
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