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Texas Hero: Why Greg Abbott Never Asks ‘Why Me?’

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott doesn't hesitate to take on the establishment, making him a modern-day hero to conservatives. He's also becoming a model to the disabled. Read Transcript


Reporter: GOVERNOR RICK

PERU MAPERRY MAY BE TEXAS

MOST WELL-KNOWN POLITICIAN,

BUT THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL IS

MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF.

GREG ABBOTT GOES TO COURT.

HIS TARGET OF LATE, THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, SUING

IT 29 TIMES.

STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S

CAN HOLD THE GOVERNMENT

ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEY

OVERREACH, INTRUDE INTO OUR

LIBERTY, AND THEY CRUSH THE

CONSTITUTION.

Reporter: HIS MAIN

FIGHT PUT HIM WITH 25 OTHER

STATE ATTORNEY-GENERALS

AGAINST OBAMACARE.

HE SAID HE DID IT IN THE

NAME OF LIBERTY AND THE

CONSTITUTION, LIKE

PROTESTORS HE SAW OUTSIDE

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT.

THEY'RE LETTING THE

SUPREME COURT KNOW THAT A

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOT

ONLY BELIEVE THAT OBAMACARE

IS WRONG, BUT A MAJORITY OF

AMERICANS ACTUALLY BELIEVE

THAT OBAMACARE IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Reporter: FOR ABBOTT,

IT IS ALL ABOUT BEING

FAITHFUL TO THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION, A CONSTITUTION

HE BELIEVES IS BASED NOT ON

MEN'S IDEAS, BUT TRUTH.

CERTAIN FOUNDING,

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES THAT

HAVE CAUSED IT TO BE THE

GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE

WORLD.

THESE ARE PRINCIPLES THAT

PASS THE TEST OF TIME AND

WILL EXIST ALWAYS.

Reporter: AND IT IS ALL

ABOUT BEING TRUE TO THE GOD

THIS PREACHER'S GRANDCHILD

SAYS HE HAS KNOWN SINCE HE

WAS A LITTLE BOY.

FAITH HAS BEEN A PART OF

MY LIFE SINCE THE EARLIEST

TIME I CAN BE.

Reporter: ABBOTT NEEDED

THAT FAITH LIKE NEVER BEFORE

WHEN HE HAD A HORRIBLE

ENCOUNTER IN 1984.

I WAS OUT JOGGING ONE DAY

AND A BIG 80-FOOT OAK TREE

FELL AND HIT ME, LEAVING ME

INSTANTLY AND FOREVER

PARALYZED, NEEDING TO USE A

WHEELCHAIR.

Reporter: ABBOTT SAYS

TEXANS ARE GENERALLY CAN-DO

PEOPLE OF FAITH, AND THAT'S

WHY HE SPENT LITTLE TIME

QUESTIONING GOD AND ASKING

WHY ME?

THAT QUESTION MAY HAVE

ARISEN FOR A DAY OR AN HOUR,

BUT REALLY NO LONGER THAN

THAT.

THE REASON WHY THOSE

QUESTIONS DIDN'T LINGER

REALLY IS BECAUSE OF MY

FAITH.

BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ONE

WHO BELIEVED THAT GOD HAS A

PATHWAY FORWARD FOR US.

AND, FRANKLY, IT IS ONE OF

THOSE TIMES WHEN I LEANED ON

GOD, LEANED ON MY FAITH MORE

THAN EVER BEFORE, AND WAS

LITERALLY PULLED UP AND

MOVED FORWARD AND ONWARD

BECAUSE OF THE ROLE GOD

PLAYED IN MY LIFE DURING

THAT CHALLENGING TIME.

Reporter: 30 YEARS

LATER, ABBOTT CHATS FREELY

ABOUT HIS DISABLED, EVEN

JOKING ABOUT IT.

HE SAYS SOME POLITICIANS

WILL TALK ABOUT HAVING A

STEEL SPINE WHILE HE

ACTUALLY HAS ONE.

AND HE SAYS TEXANS HAVE

NEVER HELD A WHEELCHAIR

AGAINST HIM.

IF YOU BRING TO THE TABLE

A CAN-DO SPIRIT, AND IT

DOESN'T MATTER I AM IN A

WHEELCHAIR, I CAN BE A JUDGE

OR AN ATTORNEY-GENERAL OR BE

WHATEVER I WANT TO BE,

TEXANS ARE WELCOMING OF THAT

ATTITUDE.

Reporter: THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL SAYS TEXANS

BELIEVE SO STRONGLY IN THE

GOD OF LIBERTY, THEY

STRONGLY BACKED ABBOTT'S

SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE OF HIS

MONUMENT OF THE 10

COMMANDMENTS AT THE U.S.

CAPITOL.

EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE

ROLE THAT GOD PLAYS IN OUR

LIVES.

THAT'S WHY WE ARE ABLE TO

VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THINGS

LIKE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND

HAVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC

STRONGLY SUPPORT THINGS LIKE

THAT.

Reporter: THAT LOVE OF

LIBERTY ALSO PUSHES ABBOTT

TO GET AROUND ON HIS OWN AS

MUCH AS POSSIBLE, OFTEN

SURPRISING PEOPLE AS HE

DRIVES AROUND OFTEN IN A CAR

THAT IS ALL

HAND-CONTROLLED.

ONE THING I REALLY

CHERISH IS MY INDEPENDENCE.

NOT JUST FIGHTING FOR IT IN

THE LEGAL SYSTEM, BUT MY OWN

INDEPENDENCE.

I THINK AMERICANS ARE AN

INDEPENDENT PEOPLE.

Reporter: THIS

POLITICIAN QUICKLY POINTS

OUT, THOUGH, JUST DRIVING

TEXAS ROADS IS GOOD ENOUGH

FOR HIM.

I HAVE NO EYE ON

WASHINGTON.

I HAVE MY EYE AND MAKING

TEXAS AS GREAT A STATE AS

CAN BE.

Reporter: BUT HE

INSISTS TEXAS IS SUCH A GOOD

EXAMPLE ABOUT WHAT IS GREAT

ABOUT AMERICA, IT MUST BE

INVOLVED IN THE GREAT ISSUES

FACING THE NATION.

TEXAS IS TRYING TO STAND

ON THE PRINCIPLES OF

INDEPENDENCE, LIBERTY,

CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

AND FAITH, AND EXPAND THAT

IDEOLOGY TO OTHER STATES.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM

AUSTIN, TEXAS.

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