AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — President Barack Obama has met with Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
The White House says Obama visited briefly with Davis on Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library in the state capital of Austin. That’s where Obama delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
“President Obama and Senator Davis briefly discussed the importance of the Voting Rights Act and its legacy in Texas,” said Zac Petkanas, communications director for the Davis campaign.
The White House declined to comment on what Obama or Davis discussed.
Davis emerged as a national political figure last summer when she filibustered an abortion bill in the state legislature. She’s the first female gubernatorial candidate in Texas since 1994 and has buoyed Democratic hopes despite the state’s conservative leanings.
Davis is set to face Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, in the fall election.
“Sen. Davis stated last month that she would not shy away from President Obama’s visit to Texas, yet in another flip-flop, she instead decided to meet with him in secret – away from the public and refusing to mention what they discussed,” said Matt Hirsch, communications director for Texans for Greg Abbott. “We can only assume President Obama and Sen. Davis bonded over their shared support of Obamacare and limiting Second Amendment rights. Texans want a governor who shares there values, not someone who wants to bring Obama’s big government agenda and failed liberal values to our great state.”
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