Davis: ‘I’m not going to lose’


Davis said that she will use her veto power for the people of Texas.

Throughout both the governor’s debate and her one-on-one at the Tribune Festival, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis referred to a quote from a friend’s grandmother.

“When people show you who they are, you should believe them,” Davis said. “I believe I’ve shown people who I am, but I also believe that Greg Abbott has shown people who he is: a person who is looking out for other insiders at the expense of hardworking Texans.”

Those hardworking Texans are the people who Davis wants to fight for if she is elected governor. Davis said she has been overwhelmed with the response that Texans have given her and her campaign, particularly on the volunteer side.

“I knew i could look voters in the eye and volunteers in the eye and tell them that I could win this race if they would invest their time knocking on doors and making phone calls for me,” the senator said. “We have built an infrastructure of people who for the first time in a long time believe that their voices really can matter at a ballot box in a gubernatorial race in Texas.”

Evan Smith, the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, added on to Davis’s infrastructure comment saying that the last time the Democrats had a real statewide infrastructure was during Gov. Ann Richards’s 1992 campaign.

The Democrats’ election infrastructure is a combination of face-to-face interaction through volunteers and technology that enables people to communicate directly with the campaign online.

“It’s a little bit different than the Ann Richards’s days where they drove around in the car with the index cards of all the Democratic leaders,” Davis said.

Regardless of the technology, the fact is that for any candidate to win an election they must receive more votes than their competitor. Davis trusts Texans to give her enough votes to catapult her to governor’s mansion. What she sees on the campaign trail is difficult to explain, but she is sure people are going to turnout on Election Day.

If Davis becomes the 48th governor, she will use her veto against legislation that restricts women’s health and any bill that unravels in-state tuition for Texas children of undocumented immigrants. Along with the power of veto, the senator will issue executive orders to skirt the all but guaranteed Republican-dominated legislature

“I’m not going to lose this election,” Davis said.