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Abbott Says Taylor County Needed To Help Lead State

(Photo by Joy Bonala) Gov. Greg Abbott visits Abilene on his nine-city tour to update Texans about the accomplishments of the 84th Legislature on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Miguel's Mex Tex Cafe.
(Photo by Joy Bonala) Gov. Greg Abbott visits Abilene on his nine-city tour to update Texans about the accomplishments of the 84th Legislature on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Miguel's Mex Tex Cafe.

People were packed inside Miguel's Mex Tex Café waiting to meet Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday as he stopped in Abilene on a nine-city tour to update Texans about the accomplishments of the 84th Legislature.

He started out by thanking Republicans in Taylor County for their work during his race for governor.

“Not only did you ensure that I won Taylor County, you also set Texas history because you gave me a higher percentage of vote than any governor has ever received as a Republican in Taylor County Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott then recalled his experience posthumously awarding the Texas Medal of Honor to Lt. Col. Ed Dyess last month. Then he emphasized his opposition to many of the actions taken by the federal government and President Obama including laws on Voter ID, Obamacare and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“But despite these concerns and challenges I want you to know that I still believe that the United States of America is not broken, it is Washington D.C. that is broken,” Abbott said.  

Abbott said states like Texas are needed to help fix a broken Washington D.C. He pointed out legislators present, including State Representative Susan King who worked with him during the 84th legislative session.

“They helped us lead what is recognized as both the most conservative legislative session we ever had but also the most effective legislative session we ever had and it comes down to setting priorities and accomplishing them,” Abbott said.

Abbott explained the executive order he issued authorizing military members to be armed while on duty during the aftermath of deadly shootings on military bases. He mentioned his work to improving roads, cope with unpredictable oil prices and his efforts to secure the border and defund Planned Parenthood.

“I can tell you, Texas needs Taylor County helping the Lone Star State to lead the way,” Abbott said.