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Abbott, Davis trade verbal barbs on dueling issues

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' gubernatorial candidates are trading verbal barbs over dueling issues.

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis insisted Tuesday that her opponent won't commit to solidifying gender pay equality into state law.

And Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott fired back that Davis' law firm may have profited from her work in the Legislature.

Davis co-sponsored a 2013 bill ensuring Texas law mirrored the 2009 federal Lilly Ledbetter Act's gender wage protections. But outgoing Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it, saying federal statues made similar state law repetitive.

Davis argues that her measure allowed women more flexibility to sue in state courts and avoid more-expensive federal discrimination cases.

Abbott has refused to say if he'd veto a similar state Ledbetter Act as governor. Instead he's questioning public-sector clients Davis' Fort Worth law firm represents.

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