AUSTIN -- Days before she is expected to announce her bid as the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) visited Austin for the third-annual Texas Tribune Festival on UT campus and provided a glimpse into her campaign.
As expected, Davis did not confirm or deny running for governor, but Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief Evan Smith asked how she deals with nicknames such as "abortion Barbie."
"I am capable of withstanding all kinds of heat, all kinds of nastiness in order to try to deliver what I think is an important message for people who feel like they're not being heard," Davis said.
He also asked about the public's reaction since her 11-hour filibuster of abortion legislation at the Capitol.
"Somehow that day tapped into what was a feeling for many young women that they weren't being heard," Davis said.
For the most part, however, the discussion focused mostly on education and education funding.
"We got back 3.4 billion over the bienium in this last legislative session, but we know and I certainly feel strongly that there are so many places where we can be doing better and we failed to do that," Davis said.
Davis said that it is important for more people to have access to higher education, but she didn't say how she would decrease the cost.
She also said that state government should be less about party labels and more about cooperation.
"I'd like to see us returning more to that kind of conversation in the state of Texas and I think people would like to see that," Davis said.
Davis said that if elected to a statewide office, she would not increase sales or property tax.