Heated debate for hopes of next Texas governor

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by SHELTON GREEN/ KVUE News

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

AUSTIN -- Voters on both sides of the heated debate hope the next governor of Texas will be someone who supports their views on the issue.

"I am looking forward to the next 18 months as I serve out my term," said Gov. Perry to a crowd in San Antonio on Monday.

Hours later on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol, there was little to no talk from at least one front-runner in the race for Texas governor. Attorney General Greg Abbott kept on topic at an anti-abortion rally.

"When these laws are challenged in court, I'll be right back there in court and we will win again and we will protect life for the great state of Texas," said Abbott.

Of the abortion protesters who spoke to KVUE, the majority appeared to support Abbott for Texas governor.

While some others have yet to decide, one voter says he's afraid Abbott may be a carbon copy of Rick Perry.

"I don't know if I'd rather see a different Republican or a Democrat, but I think Abbott is too close to Perry," said Dan McCully.

At the abortion rights rally at the Capitol Monday night, there were many supporters of Senator Wendy Davis. She is considered a Democratic contender for governor. She did release a statement after governor Perry's announcement, but like Abbott, stopped short of discussing a possible run.

"I feel confident the next campaign will sort itself out in due time. For now my priorities remain the same: focusing on the work at hand and fighting to make Texas a great place for all families," Sen. Davis said.

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