Texas attorney general campaigns from wheelchair
FILE - In this July 15, 2013 file photo,Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is welcomed by supporters during an appearance in Houston. At 26, Abbott lost the use of both legs when a 75-foot oak tree fell on him. Abbott is the early favorite in next year's race to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who is not seeking another term. If Abbott wins, he would become the nation's first elected governor in a wheelchair since Franklin D. Roosevelt won New York in 1929. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am
HOUSTON (AP) - The stage at a Houston honky-tonk has a wheelchair ramp. At another rally, Greg Abbott's aides lay plywood boards on the ground to make a smooth path over wet grass. Other stops have no speaking platform, making it hard for standing crowds to see the candidate at all.
It's another day on the campaign trail for Abbott, the longtime Texas attorney general who is paralyzed from the waist down, as he tells voters his personal and political story from a wheelchair in his bid to succeed Gov. Rick Perry.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am.