Abbott Will Not Endorse Perry or Cruz in 2016; ‘I’m Staying Out of the Primary’

Abbott Will Not Endorse Perry or Cruz in 2016; ‘I’m Staying Out of the Primary’

AUSTIN, Texas — Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect, will stay out of the 2016 Republican Presidential race, and will not endorse any candidate during the primary, even those with a Texas connection.

In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd remarked that Abbott was likely to be “a popular figure inside the Republican Party,” and asked him about the numerous rumored 2016 Republican Presidential candidates with a Texas connection — outgoing Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, who was born in Texas, and Jeb Bush, whose son, George P. Bush, was just elected last month as Texas’ next Land Commissioner. “Do you have a favorite?” asked Todd.

“I will be strongly supportive of the Republican nominee to be the next President of the United States,” said Abbott with a grin. 

“You are staying out of the primary totally?” asked Todd. “I’m staying out of the primary,” confirmed Abbott.

Photo: Screen capture of NBC News video.

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