AUSTIN, Texa --- It was standing room only to hear from Senator Wendy Davis at Sunday's Texas Tribune Festival. Moderated by Evan Smith, the event came about three months after Davis' June 11-hour filibuster effort to block the controversial Texas abortion bill.
It also came less than a week before she's expected to announce that she's running for governor.
I'm so struck by young women who come up to me, many of them with tears in their eyes, said Davis about the filibuster. She says womens' reactions have been remarkable.
They hug me and the expression on their face says so much.
It wasn't her first stand. In 2011 Senator Davis filibustered an education bill that cut funding. She said Sunday that Texans care a great deal about public education.
Is their child getting a good education, can their child go to college, is there a path for their child's future? Davis says Texans wonder.
When it comes to funding, she says we need to look at exemptions and loopholes.
I would certainly take a sales tax, a property tax increase off the table, and if I had one day, someday the privilege of being in a leadership position to veto legislation like that, I would, said Davis. The packed crowd laughed and cheered.
Republicans are already working to counter the possibility of a Davis campaign.
Steve Munisteri, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, told KVUEthey've just assumed she was running and they've been preparing.
We're going to be putting out information on her record to show that she is a liberal Democrat that is a big supporter of the policies of the Obama administration and those policies are not very popular here in Texas, said Munisteri.
Davis told the crowd Sunday she's capable of withstanding all kinds of heat. She is expected to make her announcement Thursday in the auditorium where she received her high school diploma in Haltom City, Texas.