KXAN: Speaker Pelosi to Texas Democrats: ‘Know your power’

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the state’s Capital city Monday night, telling Democrats in Travis County much of what happens in terms of democratic success in the 2020 election will come from central Texas.

“Texas is ground zero for us in the next election,” Pelosi said to the sold-out crowd at the Travis County Democratic Party’s Johnson Bentsen Richards Dinner. The dinner is the party’s major fundraising event and was named in remembrance of Texas’ democratic legacy: 36th U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, four-term Senator Lloyd Bentsen and the state’s 45th Governor Ann Richards.

“Know your power, this state is so important,” Pelosi told donors. “When it turns — and it will soon — it will make a difference not only in Texas and the lives of individual people here, it will make a difference in the country and it will make a difference in the world.”

Pelosi also talked about work done by Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and others, to stop gun violence in the country. She discussed the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump at the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the efforts led by Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, to repeal the order.

She challenged the audience to continue the ground they gained in the 2018 election.

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