Wendy Davis tells Maria Shriver, ‘I’m not an overnight sensation’

She became a household name immediately after staging an 11-hour filibuster over abortion rights, Texas state senator Wendy Davis insists she climbed a long political ladder to get to where she is today.

“I’m not an overnight sensation. I’m a Texan. And I’m a Texas success story,” the state Democratic gubernatorial candidate said in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Maria Shriver. “I am the epitome of hard work and optimism.”

In her discussion, which will air Wednesday, Davis describes growing up poor, getting pregnant at 18 and getting divorced a year later. She also speaks about working two jobs at the same time to support her family.

The discussion is part of a weeklong #DoingItAll series of stories in which Shriver highlights the personal and financial challenges many women in America face.


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  • RobSiegmund

    A high quality candidate, this one. Marries for money, divorces the day after (no exaggeration) the money runs out and has the courage to walk away from her parental responsibilities because “the time’s not right.” Yep, high quality.

    Texans could do worse then Wendy but not without trying. Very hard.

  • CiceroTheLatest

    About the headline …

    “Gold digger who abandoned her children tells trust fund baby, ‘I’m not an overnight sensation’ ”


  • Jim_Paul

    In this instance, Wendy Davis is 100% honest. It took a lot of hard work and optimism to come up with a way to spin using a man for his money to go to one of the most expensive law schools in the country, leave him with her kids (including one that wasn’t even his), and then expect a gullible public to believe that it was some sort of hardscrabble, “pull herself up by her bootstraps” life story.

  • Fred_Z

    Everything is bigger in Texas, even the lies.

  • Deserttrek

    typical left wing loudmouthed witch a la shrillary Clinton. lie, lie, lie, smear, smear, smear, blame everybody else for your flies and failures.

  • ImAPepper1942

    This liar is a real bitch! Just attacking Mr. Abbott’s disability makes her real pond scum!

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