Julian Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

Julián Castro, the federal housing secretary under Barack Obama, is expected to announce his presidential bid on Saturday with an address in his home city of San Antonio, Texas, where he served for five years as mayor.

Joining Castro at the campaign kickoff was his twin brother, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Hispanic congressional caucus and a frequent Trump critic.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has also started an exploratory committee for president, and four other Democratic senators are taking steady steps toward running.

Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said in an emailed statement that Castro "has made history by becoming one of the biggest lightweights to ever run for president.

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.

Former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro waves as he arrives with his family to an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, January 12, 2019, in San Antonio.

Castro is getting an early start in trying to stand out.

Former U.S. Representative John Delaney has been running for more than a year, opening an office in Des Moines today.

His first trip as a candidate will be to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where an outcry has begun as the White House considers diverting disaster funding to pay for the border wall. "We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to 'Dreamers, ' yes to keeping families together".

"I've resolved that before I die, I want to speak it fluently", said Castro, who has used the program Rosetta Stone to learn the language.

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Instead, Castro played a quieter role behind the scenes, supporting dozens of young and progressive candidates around the country through his political action committee Opportunity First.

Castro, whose grandmother came to the U.S. from Mexico in the 1920s, would be vying to become the party's first Hispanic-American nominee amid a field of that could swell to more than 20 candidates. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen.

Castro took the first step toward a run in December when he formed an exploratory committee that allowed him to raise and spend a limited amount of money to test whether he can generate support for an official bid. And more importantly, for 2020's sake, O'Rourke became a national name and one of the frontrunners for all Democrats - at least 30 are expected to toss their names in the hat.

Even some supporters at Castro's announcement could be torn if O'Rourke gets in the race.

"I have this heart for Julian".

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

Castro comes from a family of politicians and activist. Obama picked him to be housing secretary in 2014.

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.

"If I decide to run, it would be because I believe I have a compelling message and I'm going to work hard and get to the voters and I believe I can be successful", Castro told the AP.

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