Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and Republican opponent Greg Abbott were in North Texas on the first day of early voting Tuesday. But the hot topic was rocker Ted Nugent.
In Fort Worth, State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) took advantage of early voting.
“I have a strong record of being the kind of person that stands up for the people she represents,” said Davis.
Her likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, shook hands and spoke with voters at a meet and greet in Denton.
“I did not invent the phrase "Don’t Mess with Texas," but I have applied it more than anybody in the state,” said Abbott.
But it was the man who introduced him that was getting a lot of the attention. Rocker Ted Nugent was with Abbott Tuesday.
Abbott took heat for some groups about that, because of Nugent’s history with women and comments about immigration.
“I think it speaks for itself, and Ted Nugent has a strong record of taking an approach to women that is extremely demeaning, and repulsive,” said Davis.
“This is just a deflection of the Davis campaign to get the attention off of issues that are very damaging to Wendy Davis,” said Abbott.
Nugent was questioned outside the event about Davis where he said, "She has nothing meaningful to campaign on."
This is the official beginning of a campaign for governor that will likely be rough, expensive and in the national spotlight.