Greg Abbott on Foreign Policy
Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy
Today, I'm proud to report the State of Texas is exceptional. Since my first State of the State two years ago, more kids are graduating from high school, we doubled the number of Tier One universities and more Texans have jobs today than ever before.
Sure, we had a downturn in the oil patch like we have almost every decade. And like every other time, Texas has come roaring back. Last year when oil hit bottom, Texas still added more than 200,000 new jobs.
Our national and international rankings
continue to rise. We are now second in the number of Fortune 500 companies. And with your help, we'll soon be No. 1. If Texas were its own country we would now be the 10th largest economy in the world. Our economy is larger than Australia, Canada and
Texas is the Lone Star State for a reason: We stand apart as a model for the rest of the nation. It's our privilege, our duty to preserve the cause of liberty. Let's keep Texas the most exceptional state in America.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Texas Legislature
, Jan 31, 2017
Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions
Fifteen Republican governors wrote a letter to President Obama opposing the Iran nuclear deal: "If implemented, this agreement would lead to the lifting of United States nuclear-related sanctions on Iran without any guarantee that Iran's drive toward
obtaining a nuclear weapon will be halted or even slowed. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, and it should not be permitted any pathway toward obtaining a nuclear weapon, now or ever. The lifting of federal sanctions that will result from this
agreement will only result in Iran having more money available to fund terrorist groups and attacks. The people of our states will not be safer as a result of this agreement, much less citizens of countries like Israel which Iran has threatened to
"Many of our states have divestment policies as well as restrictions against state contractors doing business with the government of Iran. We intend to ensure that the various state-level sanctions that are now in effect remain in effect."
Source: Letter to Pres. Obama from 15 Governors on Iran nuclear deal
, Sep 8, 2015
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