Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Julián Castro, former Obama Cabinet member, announces 2020 presidential run

Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race
Pablo Mccormick | 13 January, 2019, 16:29

Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who went on to be the top United States housing official, formally announced his White House bid on Saturday, making him the first Hispanic in what looks to be a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro officially announced that he would seek the Democratic Presidential nomination.

"And the opportunities that made America, America are reaching fewer and fewer people", he said, flanked by his wife Erica and children Carina and Cristian in San Antonio's Plaza Guadalupe, among a crowd of a couple hundred people.

"When my grandmother got here nearly a hundred years ago, I'm sure that she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America", Castro said.

In his hometown San Antonio on Saturday, Castro is launching his campaign for president, hoping to outrun a potential large and diverse field of Democratic Party contenders. His first trip as a candidate comes Monday, to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where an outcry has begun as the White House considers diverting disaster funding to pay for the wall.

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Two days after the President visited the border to promote his promised wall, Mr Castro mocked Mr Trump for claiming that the U.S. faces an "invasion" from its ally to the south.

Still, with progressive Democrats urging that the party try something different in its rematch against the Republicans and President Donald Trump, Castro - with a few breaks and hard work - could make a strong run. The ex-housing secretary became the second Democrat to formally enter race, after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. "And there is no way in hell that taking babies is a smart or humane way to do it".

"We say no to building a wall and say yes to building community", he added, to roars from the crowd. "We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to 'Dreamers, ' yes to keeping families together".

Who do you want to see running in 2020? 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 past year, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls. The next entrant will be competing with Beto O'Rourke for donations from his home state because Julian Castro is also from Texas.

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Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Asking for an America that is the "smartest, healthiest and fairest" nation on Earth, Castro touted his support for universal health care; pre-kindergarten for all, based on a program he sponsored as mayor of San Antonio; affordable higher education, justice and immigration reform, and more attention on combating climate change.

Castro was born into a well-known activist family.

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".

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.

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