One week after alleging Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was left paralyzed after a 1984 accident, has spent his career “working against” the disabled, the Wendy Davis campaign on Monday claimed that the GOP gubernatorial candidate “refuses to say if he would defend an interracial marriage ban.”
Before we examine the claim, it is important to note that Abbott is actually in an interracial marriage. His wife is Hispanic and would become the first Latina first lady of Texas if Abbott is elected governor. To support a ban on interracial marriage would mean supporting a ban on his own.
The Davis campaign’s claim comes from Abbott’s recent interview with the San Antonio Express-News in which past prohibitions on interracial marriage were compared to gay marriage bans.
“Right now, if there was a ban on interracial marriage, that’s already been ruled unconstitutional. And all I can do is deal with the issues that are before me,” Abbott said. “The job of an attorney general is to represent and defend in court the laws of their client, which is the state Legislature, unless and until a court strikes it down.”
Abbott later argued that he “can’t go back and answer some hypothetical question like that.”
The Davis campaign’s latest attacks have been called “desperate” among other things. BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith even wondered on Monday, “What went wrong with Wendy Davis’ campaign?”
I haven't been paying close attention but like ... What went wrong with Wendy Davis's campaign? When?— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) October 20, 2014