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Attorney General Abbott makes first campaign stop in East Texas

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Supporters of recently announced gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott came out in force Tuesday, as the Attorney General made one of his first campaign stops in the state, right here in East Texas.

Abbott grew up in Longview during his elementary school years, before moving to the Dallas area in middle school.

But he said it is his Texas spirit, bred in Longview, that got him to where he is today.

Abbott spoke to a room full a supporters at Horaney's Hardware Store, remembering his childhood in East Texas.

"Longview is where I first felt the grip of a gun," Abbott said. "It's where I first played Little League baseball. It's where I joined the Boy Scouts Troop 201."

Some special guests in attendance included current members of Troop 201 and his old scoutmaster from when he was growing up.

"I was rough and they had discipline," said Abbott's former scoutmaster V.G. Rollins.

Rollins said it was an event he couldn't miss, but he was not surprised by Abbott's success.

"All that stuff I was teaching them did them good," Rollins said. "I've got too many of them running around now and all of them are doctors and lawyers and engineers."

In a one on one interview, Abbott fought back against the Texas Democratic Party's claim that he has a "record of failure" that would "be a nightmare" if elected.

"I am so well known for fighting against the Obama administration," Abbott said. "Fighting for conservative principles of the state of Texas and pushing back against the over reach of federal government."

He said he is not only confident he will win the election, but that Texas will not "go blue" as many democrats have hoped.

"People in Texas, they believe in individual liberty, not this big government stuff," Abbott said. "I think Texas is going to remain in the strong conservative hands for a long time."

Abbot said the key to his success is perseverance, something he learned first-hand after an accident that left him partially paralyzed at the age of 26.

His stop in Longview was a part of a three city tour, all places he grew up in Texas.

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