Pelosi: Turning Texas blue is 'our hope for the future'

Pelosi: Turning Texas blue is 'our hope for the future'
© Greg Nash

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) told a crowd Saturday that Texas is a top target for Democrats come 2020.

Pelosi said at Tribune Fest hosted by the Texas Tribune that she agreed with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Vulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders MORE' (D-Ill.) characterization of the state as "ground zero" for the party.

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"This is it," Pelosi said. "Texas is our hope for the future. And I'm not just talking about Democrats. I am talking about the country and the world. When Texas goes blue, that’s going to be very wholesome for our nation.  It is a beautifully diverse state in every way."

Her remarks follow those from Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, who told Hill.TV earlier this month that his state would be the top swing state in the nation in 2020.

“Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country,” he said. “We are dramatically changing, we’re changing quite rapidly.”

“When you ask Texans if they would vote for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE or someone else, someone else currently wins,” Garcia added.

Four Texas Republicans have announced their retirements in recent weeks, and some districts including Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdTrump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman The Hill's Morning Report - Nearing witness vote, GOP rushes to acquit Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump defense rests, GOP struggles to bar witnesses MORE's (D-Texas) have been moved from "toss up" to "lean Democratic" in recent weeks by the Cook Political Report.