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Abbott Gets Down To GOP Basics At Realtor Association Campaign Stop

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio
Greg Abbott delivers his remarks to the Texas Association of Realtors.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the perceived front-runner on the Republican ticket for governor, spoke to the Texas Association of Realtors in Austin today, asking for their vote. 

Abbott steered away from the women’s issues he focused on during his speech in El Paso on Tuesday, and instead returned to more traditional GOP topics.

"I’m running for governor because I believe that your business and your future should be defined only by the size of your dreams not by the size of your government," Abbott said.

Talking about the Houston accident that left him disabled, Abbott then told the crowd they have to face their own challenges every day as business owners -- like regulations from the federal government.

"I want you to know we are helping you respond to those challenges," Abbott said. "We’re helping you by keeping taxes low, by fighting against the kind of regulations that choke off business."

Abbott continued his speech by saying the cost of the Affordable Care Act is making it difficult for private businesses to expand their business.

Abbott's campaign hasn't said much about education so far, but following recent remarks on the subject from Democrat Wendy Davis, that changed today.

"We have seen first hand how education can transform young lives to be able to achieve things that their parents couldn’t even dream of," Abbott said.

Abbott said as governor he will grow the Texas job market by prioritizing education, which includes education funding.