Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said on The Glenn Beck Program Monday that the Bureau of Land Management "picked the wrong state" to try to take 90,000 acres from.
Echoing Gov. Rick Perry's statement last week that, “It’s not a dare, it’s a promise that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas,” Abbott said Texans won't stand for the BLM's "hijacking of private property rights."
The conversation revolved around a report last week indicating the BLM is looking to claim 90,000 acres of land in northern Texas.
Abbott, currently the state's attorney general, said that after he investigated the issue the BLM claimed they've actually "always been the owner of this land."
"And so we feel like the rug has been completely pulled out from under us here in Texas," Abbott remarked. "And as a result I think this is going to lead to a heated legal battle."
Abbott has jokingly described his job as: "I wake up in the morning, I go into the office, I sue Barack Obama, and I go home."
"I've now sued them thirty times, and I'm getting ready now -- because of this Bureau of Land Management case -- to add my thirty first lawsuit against the administration," he said.
"We are seeing unprecedented overreaching action by the federal government, that is now doing more than imposing things like Obamacare, doing more than things like imposing unfair, illegal regulations," Abbott continued. "Now we see, through the Bureau of Land Management, a highjacking of private property rights across the entire United States of America."
"They picked on the wrong state when they came to the state of Texas to try to take our property," he added.
Abbott said there are two "fundamental principles" that helped build the United States of America: private property rights, and the rule of law.
"We believe both of those fundamental principles are being violated here by the overreaching Obama administration," he concluded.
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