Greg Abbott speaks in Houston about gubernatorial plans

Texas Attorney General unsure of Rick Perry's job funds

HOUSTON - One day after announcing his campaign for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Houston.

Abbott spoke about his vision for Texas' future Monday morning at Goode's Armadillo Palace.

"I want every child to have the opportunity to hope, to smile, to dream and to achieve," said Abbott. "And that is why I am running to be your next governor, so every child in this state can have that opportunity."

The gubernatorial candidate also planned to speak in McAllen later in the day.

While in Houston, the gubernatorial candidate signaled unease with Gov. Rick Perry's signature job-creation programs and believes a prosecutorial office is needed to continue investigating state corruption.

It was among the sharpest contrasts that Abbott, the Texas attorney general, has made against his longtime GOP ally in his bid for Perry's seat.

Abbott told The Associated Press on Monday that Texas needs to cease "picking winners and losers" in business. He stopped short of saying he would end the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund.

But asked if the programs have been successful, Abbott declined to assess the impact.

Abbott says the state also needs a public integrity unit. Perry stripped funding for the office after the Travis County district attorney refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.

Mary Benton will have more on Abbott's plans for Texas coming up on Local 2 News at 6.

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