At The Texas Tribune Festival held on the UT campus, Editor in Chief Evan Smith sat down for a one-on-one interview with Texas Senator Wendy Davis Sunday morning.
"So you're going to do this?" Smith asked, trying to get the announcement out of her, but all she would say is that she would reveal her decision Thursday, October 3. In front of a packed crowd, Davis did talk about how much thought has gone in to making a decision.
"Obviously when you think about doing something this big and that may seem improbable, you want to make sure you're not doing something foolhardy," she said. Since her 13-hour filibuster in June to block abortion restrictions, Davis says it's been humbling to see the reaction from people around the state and beyond. "I'm so struck by young women who come up to me, many with tears in their eyes, some who don't say a word, they just hug me and the expression on their face says so much."
But, she also acknowledged she's received some harsh criticism including name-calling on social media. "I've been through a lot of tough fights in my life and I've learned to weather them."
Davis would face a tough battle in the race for governor in a state as red as Texas. But, she says she believes she knows how to reach the voters. "If people believe you're there working hard for them and standing up for them, I've certainly had people say to me, I'm a Republican and I don't agree with everything you do, but I agree you stand for what you believe in and you stand for us and that's why I vote for you."
She spoke about the issues most important to her, in particular: education funding. "If we don't invest in making those possibilities, the hope and promise of a future like that available to young Texans who want it, we will pay the price down the road, there's no question." She believes education, along with jobs and healthcare, are also what the majority of Texans are most concerned about.
As her time at the Texas Tribune Festival wrapped up, the Longhorn band played. It's a sound synonymous with UT football and as many eyes in Texas are on the Horns, they will also be watching for the decision from Wendy Davis.