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FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board routinely invites candidates for the highest offices in Texas to come before them.

While Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican contender for governor, has not yet responded to set a date for his appearance, Democratic candidate Wendy Davis spent more than an hour with the board Friday afternoon.

'Politics is war, right?' she asked with a laugh, talking about the last few weeks of her campaign, in which her life story has been scrutinized and picked apart.

'Do you feel like you're in war?' a board member asked.

'In some respects,' she replied.

'I feel like I have a very legitimate candidacy. For the first time in a long time, people in Texas believe we have a chance to elect someone with a 'D' next to their name,' she said. 'The folks in charge for the last 20 years aren't gonna give that up without a fight.

'I expect the next nine months to see more of the same, but that does not deter me,' she said.

Davis routinely called herself a fighter, saying her record reflects that.

'I am a person that fights for the people she represents,' Davis said. 'That came from my life story, and my understanding of what it's like to struggle.'

She said her time as a member of the Fort Worth City Council, working without partisan affiliation, taught her constructive ways to work with other elected officials.

'I loved learning how to be a public servant in that context,' she said.

On the issues, Davis told the editorial board she'd let Texans vote on legalizing casino gambling and that she would veto school vouchers if a bill came to her desk.

On abortion, she said the law she filibustered against is too broad. She said she is in favor of a ban after 20 weeks in many cases, but not all.

'I think that belongs squarely in the domain of a woman and her doctor to make those decisions,' she said.

To see video of the Wendy Davis interview, go to this link.

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