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Texas Governor Candidates Debut Ad, Economic Plan

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS/AP) - Both candidates for Texas Governor are busy today, exactly 20 weeks before the November 4 election.

Democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis delivered what her campaign called a major economic address this morning in Dallas.

Davis said her vision for the state’s economy includes major investments in education, roads, water and a wide range of other issues – but won’t say how much they cost.

She called for implementing full-day prekindergarten statewide, boosting transportation funding and better monitoring state economic programs like the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Davis accused her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, of favoring donors and corporate interests. She said she was the only one in the race “with real-world economic development experience.”

Asked about the costs of her plan, Davis said her ideas are a “vision,” but that they could be accomplished with existing state revenues.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Greg Abbott has released his first general election television ad.  It’s a Spanish language as starring Abbott’s mother-in-law, Mary Lucy Phalen and sister-in-law, Rosie Phalen and will premiere today during the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico on Univision.

Click below to watch the ad:

Recent polls show Davis trails Republican Greg Abbott in fundraising and voter support.

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