Davis criticizes Abbott's affiliation with Nugent

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by Jade Mingus / KVUE News and Chris Shadrock

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 2:34 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Forth Worth) made a campaign stop in Austin Saturday morning and went on the offense about Attorney General Greg Abbott's relationship with rocker Ted Nugent. 

"Given the values he has with an admitted child sexual predator, his values are not Texas values," said Davis.

A video released by the Lone Star Project, shows an interview with Nugent on VH1 talking about relationships with underage women. 

"I got the stamp of approval from their parents," said Nugent in the video. "I guess they figured, 'Better Ted Nugent than some drug infested punk from high school.'"

At the Texas Democratic Women's Convention meeting Saturday, Davis addressed Abbott's decision to hit the campaign trail with Nugent. 

"Let me make this very clear. This isn’t about some aging rock star way past his prime who simply needs to go away," said Davis. "This is about Greg Abbott, about his character, his judgment [and] his values." 

Abbott spokesperson Matt Hirsch released a statement that said in part, "Senator Davis will say anything to avoid talking about the issues in the race, including her support for Obamacare and restricting the 2nd amendment rights of Texans."

Abbott released another statement Friday after Nugent called President Obama a subhuman mongrel that said, "This is not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way. It's time to move beyond this, and I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to Texans."

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