Julián Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Julian Castro

Julian Castro To Announce 2020 Presidential Bid Saturday

Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro announced his 2020 presidential run on a stage in San Antonio, Texas Saturday afternoon.

"When my grandmother got here nearly a hundred years ago, I'm sure 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", Mr Castro said in a statement announcing his campaign.

Castro is the identical twin brother of Joaquín Castro, who now represents Texas's 20th congressional district.

Since announcing formation of an exploratory committee in December, Mr Castro has begun to stake out positions on policy debates that will dominate the nominating contests that kick off early next year.

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The then-mayor rose to national prominence in 2012 when he was selected to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Julian Castro may already be behind in the polls, but no matter-he's boldly running for president. 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. "I am going to go speak to them in a way that resonates with them". Families from Mexico, but also families from Germany and other countries.

Castro had harsh words for the president as the nation's government shutdown continues due to conflicts over building a wall along the southern border. Castro never entered the Texas governor's race, and the incumbent Republican won. Obama picked him to be housing secretary in 2014. "Well, I'm not the frontrunner", he said. "And that is what has compelled me to think about running".

Correspondents say Mr Castro does not have widespread name recognition and may struggle to make an impression in a crowded field. Harris and O'Rourke are also seriously considering presidential runs. The announcement was made across the street from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where he was baptized as a child, and where he baptized his children. Even Castro's logo - which emphasizes the accent over the "a" in Julian - highlights the former mayor's heritage.

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Castro said he wants to lead the, "healthiest, the fairest and the most prosperous nation on earth".

Castro said ahead of his run that he hopes to provide a "positive example" to young Latinos with his run but won't exclusively focus on courting voters in heavily Latino states and shirk visiting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and SC. "I'm proud to call myself a son of San Antonio". "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".

"There are no frontrunners born here, but I've always believed that with big dreams and hard work, anything is possible", he said. There are about 700,000 young "Dreamers" who were brought into the US illegally as children; advocates want to provide them with protection deportation and a chance to apply for citizenship. "We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to 'Dreamers, ' yes to keeping families together".

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