Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Texas’ attorney general v. the Truth-O-Meter

Greg Abbott told anti-abortion protesters during a July 8, 2013, rally at the Capitol that Texas wouldn't 'stand idly by while life is threatened.' (Alberto Martinez photo/Austin American-Statesman)
Greg Abbott told anti-abortion protesters during a July 8, 2013, rally at the Capitol that Texas wouldn't 'stand idly by while life is threatened.' (Alberto Martinez photo/Austin American-Statesman)

State Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his bid for governor Sunday in San Antonio, and many observers already expect him to win, with conservative credentials that include fighting President Barack Obama on regulation of greenhouse gases, voter ID and redistricting.

PolitiFact Texas has checked claims from Abbott involving those issues and more. Scroll though the claims at right to see how the state’s lawyer fares on the Truth-O-Meter.

Don’t forget you can review the evidence for yourself. Original source materials are included in the source list on the right-hand side of each story's web page.

And here's a bonus: a claim Abbott tweeted that sparked a Pants on Fire rating. Eleven states trapped in a welfare death spiral? A claim that California and others had more welfare recipients than workers went viral in December 2012. We tracked down the original Fox Business map and where the story went awry.