Former Obama Cabinet Member Julián Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is set to formally launch his bid for president on Saturday, after weeks of hinting he was ready to join the growing 2020 Democratic primary field.

"When my grandmother got here nearly 100 years ago", he said, "I am sure she never could have imagined that two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing here with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America". He has also visited Iowa and Nevada - two of the earliest primary and caucus states - in addition to publishing a memoir previous year, a common first move for future presidential candidates.

Mr Castro, 44, the grandson of a Mexican immigrant who would be the first Hispanic elected president, served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama and has always been viewed as a rising star in the party.

He spoke from a podium that featured his campaign logo - his first name, with an emphasis on its accent - and greeted supporters with mariachi music.

Two senior Democratic politicians have announced that they will challenge for the USA presidency in 2020. Two dozen others have signaled their intentions to do the same.

Castro is aware he lacks the name recognition of potential 2020 rivals or the buzz surrounding O'Rourke, whose flirtations with 2020 have tantalized donors and activists after a close race previous year against Sen.


Castro made the announcement in San Antonio today, saying, "We're going to make sure that the promise of America is available to everyone in the 21st century".

He added: "My family's story is a testament to what is possible when this country gets it right".

A lawyer by trade, Castro, 44, caught the eye of former President Barack Obama and others during his tenure as San Antonio mayor.

As Fox News noted, Castro is running on a progressive platform that includes universal health care and affordable housing.

Strategically, he reminded the crowd about his powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. "And there is no way in hell that caging children is keeping us safe", he said, telling the crowd his grandmother died regretting that she wasn't able to say goodbye to her mother when she left Mexico for the U.S.in the 1920s. He is the identical, older twin brother of Rep. Joaquin Castro, who also is a former state representative. Harris and O'Rourke are also seriously considering presidential runs. The venue was blocks from Castro's childhood home and across the street from where he was baptized. "I'm proud to call myself a son of San Antonio". Castro is poised to be one of the youngest candidates and the lone Latino competitor in the race. "My focus will be about representing everybody but of course there is a special significance to the Latino community especially because many Latinos feels like there is a target on their back from this administration". If he had a disappointment, he said, it was that is grandmother, who died when he was younger, could not be there to see him. "Win or lose, I hope that I will have a chance to inspire a lot of young kids out there to reach for their dreams".

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