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Wendy Davis says to stop talking about Wendy Davis' life story, which Wendy Davis brought up

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Wendy Davis, announcing in October her run for governor:

I have my own Texas story. Thirty-two years ago, I received my high school diploma in this very spot. At the time, I had no idea what my future held. I dreamt of a road that could lead to college, but after a while, it looked like life had washed that road out. By the time I was 19, I was already on my way to divorce, living in a tiny trailer with my daughter, Amber. I was barely making ends meet. And sometimes, they didn’t. It wasn’t uncommon for me to come home to my power shut off or my phone disconnected. A lot of people in our state today can tell similar stories. It wasn’t the life I’d imagined. And it definitely wasn’t what I wanted for Amber.

Wendy Davis this week, after it's become clear she fudged a bit on the details of her life:

This race isn't about what happened to my family 30 years ago. It's about what's going to happen to your family 30 years from now.

When she announced her candidacy, she dedicated more than 300 words of her 1500-word speech to "what happened to [her] family 30 years ago."

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