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Wendy Davis declares herself 'pro-life'

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Wendy Davis wants to be the governor of Texas, so the Democratic state senator famous for filibustering a bill that would increase regulations on abortion clinics dubbed herself "pro-life" during a campaign event Tuesday.

“I am pro-life,” Davis, a Texas state senator, said at the University of Texas' Brownsville campus. She doesn't mean the term the way that it's usually used.

“I care about the life of every child; every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future," she said.

Davis became a national Democratic hero by filibustering a Texas law that requires abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety rules required of hospitals and other health treatment facilities.

She immediately began raising money from around the country -- including lobbyists based in Washington, D.C. -- before declaring her candidacy to succeed outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

"The problem is, in terms of electability ... just being popular in the Democratic Party isn't enough to win in Texas," St. Edwards University's Brian William Smith said of Davis after her filibuster, a comment that perhaps accounts for Davis' rebranding remarks yesterday.

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