While no Texas Democrats have yet jumped into the race for governor, candidates on the other side of the aisle are wasting no time.
The two leading candidates, Tom Pauken and Attorney General Greg Abbott, made campaign stops in Central Texas Monday.
Abbott continued his main street tour with a stop in Round Rock, touting job growth and his opposition to the Obama administration.
"Now I'm not the one that invented that phrase 'Don't Mess with Texas,' but I've applied it more than anybody else," Abbott said. “Already I have sued Barack Obama and his adminstration 28 times."
While Abbott also addressed that he'll work to keep Texas' economy strong, keep Texas' Voter ID law intact, and make education a number one priority, his top Republican opponent, former Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken, says it's time for new leadership.
“(Abbott)'s saying ‘Elect me because I got a lot of money and I wake up every morning and sue Obama,’ except for the morning he woke up and sided with Obama in trying to bust up the American Airlines, US Airlines deal."
Pauken says Abbott is on the wrong side of that issue. He also wants to see term limits put in for Governor.
"Once people really start to focus on the gubernatorial race, they'll see there's a real difference between Tom Pauken, a Reagan conservative, and Greg Abbott, who's sort of been moved up the ladder by the powers that be," Pauken said.
The former Texas Workforce commissioner has challenged Abbott to a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates. On Monday, Abbott said he'd debate in due time.
"We're going to have plenty of time for debates once all the candidates get into the race," Abbott said.
While the state is still waiting to see if a Democrat gets in the race, both Republican candidates addressed the possibility of Sen. Wendy Davis making a bid. Abbott says he's not worried and that grassroots Republicans will unite to beat out a Democrat.
Pauken says he's the right candidate to run as he hasn't been part of the existing system which he says isn't working.