Julian Castro jumps into 2020 Democratic presidential fray

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

Castro was San Antonio's mayor for five year and USA housing secretary in President Barack Obama's second term.

He made his announcement at Plaza Guadalupe, a landmark in San Antonio's sprawling west side Mexican American barrio, a neighborhood of neat, brightly painted wood framed homes, many on tiny lots and festooned with white plaster Catholic statues. "That said, his star is definitely not rising anymore, and the sun may be setting on the presidential ambitions of Julian Castro".

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian n Castro announces his candidacy for President of the United States in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 12, 2019.

"Julián Castro has made history by becoming one of the biggest lightweights to ever run for president". John Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, launched his presidential bid in 2017, and Sen. He also stressed the value of hard work, which he said he and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), learned from their immigrant grandmother and their single mother. US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has formed an exploratory committee and Representative Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she will run for president. If successful, he would be the first Hispanic and one of the youngest Americans to win the White House. There are about 700,000 young "Dreamers" who were brought into the USA illegally as children; advocates want to provide them with protection deportation and a chance to apply for citizenship. He addressed Saturday's crowed in English and Spanish, and a mariachi band performed during the event.

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate bid a year ago, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls.

Even some supporters at Castro's announcement could be torn if O'Rourke gets in the race. He'll be in New Hampshire this Wednesday at the traditional "Politics and Eggs" breakfast, which has become an obligatory stop for presidential candidates. Diana Delrosario, a social worker in San Antonio, warned she might cry while she recounted how Castro once went out of his way as mayor to help wheel her mother out of a restaurant.

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Strategically, he reminded the crowd about his powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

At 44, Castro is a younger candidate for office, and is running on a series of progressive ideals: no campaign donations from super PACs and corporations, a focus on climate change and environment, and support for Medicare For All.

He was raised by a local Latina activist, and after a brief career in law, was elected mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city at 34.

Castro: "If police in Charleston can arrest Dylann Roof.without hurting him, then don't tell me that Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones, and Eric Garner, and Jason Pero, and Stephon Clark, and Sandra Bland shouldn't still be alive today". "Today we begin another one", Castro said.

Mr Castro, who was considered on the short list to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 election, will try to leverage his Obama administration experience while making the case he is still a political newcomer. He also said he doesn't plan to accept any PAC money for his campaign.

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