Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on Monday that liberal states like California and New York were trying to turn Texas blue.
Abbott, who is running to be the state’s next governor, said his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), was virtually unknown before her filibuster against anti-abortion legislation.
Davis received national attention in June after launching a filibuster against a bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and place strict new regulations on abortion clinics.
Abbott told Malzberg that the new law, passed in a special session of the Texas legislature, was only meant to protect women.
“She rose to fame across the nation,” Abbott said. “Her name is Wendy Davis and she is banking money from people in New York, in California, in Washington, D.C. and across the entire country, because the other states want to try to turn Texas blue, just like those other states.”
“I’ve got to tell you, I’m not going to let it happen,” he added. “Texas is the last bastion of freedom in this country. We’ve been the leader in the entire country of creating jobs because we have a formula, and the formula is to get government off the backs of the people, let you lead your lives, not government.”
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