Wendy Davis: I've Thought About a Run for Governor

She goes on media blitz after Texas filibuster

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Since she successfully filibustered the Texas abortion bill, Wendy Davis has been on a bit of a media blitz. Asked about her gubernatorial ambitions on MSNBC last night, the state senator noted, "You know, I would be lying if I told you that I hadn’t had aspirations to run for a statewide office." As for the filibuster, "it really wasn’t just a physical endurance but a mental endurance as well," she said. She admitted to Anderson Cooper on CNN last night that she had "underestimated how difficult it would be both physically and mentally." And she had not-so-nice words for her male colleagues, saying she felt disrespected by them—which is not "atypical."

She was a little more cagey on the prospect of running for governor when asked about it on CBS This Morning today, Mediaite reports. "It certainly has" crossed her mind to run for a higher office, and she's "honored" to be considered, she said, "but I don't know if now is the right time for me. We'll see." She also noted that she may not be able to block the bill a second time now that Gov. Rick Perry has called for another special legislative session. "I was able to do the filibuster because this bill came to the floor on the last day of the special session, and it made it possible to kill the bill as a consequence,” she said. “It’s not likely that they'll make that same mistake again."

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, left, who filibustered an abortion bill, reacts as time expires, Tuesday, June 26, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, left, votes against a motion to call for a rules violation during her filibusters of an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reacts after she was called for a third and final violation in rules to end her filibuster attempt to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, helps Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, right, with a back brace during her filibusters of an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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