Now that both Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have launched their respective bids for governor, here's a look back at the party front-runners' full announcement speeches. 

On a sweltering July 14 in San Antonio, Abbott spoke to scores of supporters gathered at La Villita plaza about his plans for the state if he's elected the next governor of Texas. In his speech, Abbott touted his record of prosecuting child predators, defending religious liberties and fighting the Obama administration and its "overreaching" government regulations. What you didn't hear: any mention of the man he seeks to replace, Republican Gov. Rick Perry.


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Davis ended months of speculation about her political intentions on Thursday when she announced her gubernatorial bid in Haltom City. From the stage where she graduated from high school, Davis spoke about the power of investing in education and the decisions she’s made since that day that led her to run for governor. What you didn't hear? Any mention of her summer filibuster against abortion restrictions that garnered her national fame.

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