Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) responded to Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, chiding him for using “small words” that tarnished Lone Star state values.
Perry invoked Davis’ experience as a teenage mother at the National Right to Life conference in Dallas Thursday, telling attendees that it was “unfortunate” that she “hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
“They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view,” Davis told the Associated Press Thursday. “Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.”
She also added that his comment was “without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds.”
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