Abbott trumpeting his conservative credentials

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Attorney General Greg Abbott hasn't said for sure if he'll run for governor.

But the Republican is already running to his right, looking to sure up a conservative, grassroots base. That could make the difference if he challenges Gov. Rick Perry in next year's primary.

Abbott headlined last weekend's FreedomWorks Texas summit in Austin and hit the red-state red-meat issues hard.

He boasted of suing the federal government 25 times since President Barack Obama took office.

The loudest cheers came, though, when Abbott promised to fiercely defend the Second Amendment.

Perry plans to announce whether to seek a fourth full term as governor after the legislative session ends May 27.

He says he and Abbott have an agreement not to run against each other. But Abbott hasn't confirmed that.

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