Governor Abbott's message on Putin and Texas economy

Governor Abbott's message on Putin and Texas economy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Governor Abbott said Texas is bigger and better than ever, making him more powerful than some world leaders.

"The Texas economy alone is larger than Russia's economy, and that makes me more powerful than Putin," Abbott said.

It's part of his speech to the State Republican Convention in San Antonio. The governor said the state's economic powerhouse is the driving force for his conservative agenda.

"They are running on the 'open-borders' plan of George Soros. Not only will I enforce the ban on sanctuary cities, I will continue to secure our border. I will expand the crackdown on gangs like ms-13 and i will work to end human trafficking in Texas," he said.

Comments on school safety proposals, after a week of hearings in the legislature on the subject, were absent from his message.

Lawmakers are weighing the governor's calls to arm more teachers, prioritize mental health and harden campuses with extra police and metal detectors.

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