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Wendy Davis narrows choices to running for governor, reelection

(Eric Gay/AP) (Eric Gay/AP)

After dancing around the "will she or won't she" question for weeks, Sen. Wendy Davis (D), announced Monday that she'll either stick with her current office or shoot for the highest in Texas politics.

"I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices, either my state senate seat or the governor," Davis said to applause.

Davis is riding off a wave of popular support following her hours-long filibuster against Texas abortion limits after 20 weeks. She spoke in Washington in June, extending a nearly $1 million fundraising spree to Texans in the district. Monday, amid a sea of black business attire at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Davis stood in her signature pink and reiterated her stance on women's reproductive rights.

When asked what legal abortion limits she does support, Davis said "the Supreme Court has made that decision. It's one of the protected liberties under our Constitution, and I respect the Constitutional protections that are in place today whether it be for this purpose or other protected purposes. I don't think we get to pick and choose."

Davis also commented on the future of Texas politics lending her support to progressive leaders such as San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Davis also did not rule out running for vice president alongside widely speculated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But, Davis said with a smile, "We'll have to find out whether Hillary is planning to run for president first." Adding later, "I think Hillary has a chance to do just about anything she sets her mind to."

When asked to comment on a possible presidential run by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Davis said "I have three responses to that," before laughingly admitting that was all she would say on the topic.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C., where she web produces for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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