09/29/2013 03:30 pm ET

Wendy Davis: Texas Voters Care About More Than 'Divisive' Issues


Less than a week before she's scheduled to announce whether she'll run for governor, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) made her presence felt in the state's capital city.

Davis spoke over the weekend at the annual Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, addressing some tough questions in the process. According to Politico, when asked if abortion is the big issue among Lone Star state voters, Davis felt otherwise.

“Those aren’t the things Texans want to hear us talking about,” Davis said of “divisive” issues. “What they care about is public education. Can their child go to college? Is there a path for their child’s future? … A path to having a good job, are they going to have adequate health care, these are things that really matter to people.”

On Thursday, two Democrats with knowledge of Davis' decision told the Associated Press that she was running for governor. Back in June, Davis catapulted herself onto a national stage with a 13-hour filibuster aimed at staving off Texas' 20-week abortion ban.

Texas Democrats have showered Davis with an outpouring of support, kicking off an "I Want Wendy" campaign in mid-August in hopes that she would run for governor. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced in July that he would not seek reelection, and a week later, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) followed suit by launching his campaign.



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