Julián Castro announces 2020 presidential run from Texas

Julián Castro announces 2020 presidential run from Texas

Julián Castro announces 2020 presidential run from Texas

Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and top United States housing official, formally launched his White House bid yesterday, entering as a dark horse candidate in a likely crowded field vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

"When my grandmother got here nearly 100 years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later..."

The Democratic presidential candidate added that Trump's family separation policy has not deterred Central American migrants from coming to the U.S.

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.

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.

Castro's strong oratory skills, experience in the Obama cabinet and as mayor of the nation's seventh largest city, not to mention his telegenic charisma, could help propel the Texas native into the top tier of Democratic candidates. Two dozen others have signaled their intentions to do the same.

In his convention speech Castro highlighted "an unlikely journey" that he has lived, including growing up with twin brother Joaquin, who is a United States congressman.

The presidential candidacy is Castro's first attempt for office beyond Texas' second-most populous city.

"I love what I see", Trump said Saturday night when asked about the competition during a telephone interview with Fox News Channel.

Another Democrat, 37-year-old Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii - a lifelong surfer - announced Friday that she too will seek the party's presidential nomination.

Until now only former congressman John Delaney has formally launched a campaign, more than a year ago.

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"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. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is doing little to dim speculation that he might jump into a field that has no clear front-runner.

One of Castro's major problems is that he really doesn't have much of a resume compared to some of the heavier hitters we're expecting to get into the race over the next few months.

Castro was born into a well-known activist family.

"I'll tell you and I'll tell the world what I'm going to do", he said this week on MSNBC.

In response to Castro's announcement, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee called Castro one of the "biggest lightweights to ever run for president", saying he was a weak mayor and questioning his tenure as Housing and Urban Development secretary. There have been 17 HUD Secretaries and not one of them has gone on to be their party's nominee, say nothing of becoming president.

Castro, however, may not be the only Texan in the race.

Laying out other key components of his campaign platform, Castro noted his support for Medicare for All and his rejection of corporate political action committee (PAC) money as well as his dedication to taking action to address the global climate crisis.

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