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Wendy Davis speaks in El Paso about equal pay for equal work

EL PASO, Texas - This week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis renewed her criticism of Republican opponent Greg Abbott on the equal pay issue, saying that the attorney general's statement that he supported the "concept" of equal pay for women wasnt enough.

Davis who is in El Paso with Sen. Jose Rodriguez spoke about the equal pay for equal work issue during a press conference held at Cafe Mayapan Wednesday morning.

During an interview with WFAA-TV this month, Abbott said he supported equal pay for women but added that existing state statutes protect against pay discrimination on the basis of gender. Davis criticized his comments, saying he initially "dodged" answering whether he would have vetoed the Texas version of the act. Davis sponsored such legislation last year in the state Senate, but it was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry. Last week, an Abbott spokesman indicated that the attorney general would not sign the bill because existing state statutes and constitutional protections already disallow pay discrimination.

While in Austin Monday, Davis cited an analysis by the San Antonio Express-News showing that most female assistant attorneys general make less on average than men in the same positions.

The attorney general's office has said the difference is linked to experience and time at the agency.