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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:33 PM

Former HUD secretary Julian Castro joins 2020 Democratic presidential field

Source: The Washington Post


By Jenna Johnson January 12 at 1:03 PM

SAN ANTONIO — Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio who worked in the Obama administration, announced Saturday morning that he is joining the increasingly crowded field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Castro, 44, has pitched himself as “the antidote to Donald Trump” who understands the immigrant experience, border issues and the needs of the middle class. If elected, he would be the nation’s first Latino president.

“When my grandmother got here almost 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 Saturday morning, standing in San Antonio’s historic Plaza Guadalupe.

Castro’s announcement was not exactly a surprise, as he launched an exploratory committee on Dec. 12 — and, the next night, his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), jokingly turned that exploration into a full commitment when the two appeared together on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-hud-secretary-julian-castro-joins-2020-democratic-presidential-field/2019/01/12/8e60314e-15eb-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

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Reply Former HUD secretary Julian Castro joins 2020 Democratic presidential field (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 12 OP
Mosby Jan 12 #1
TexasBushwhacker Jan 12 #3
Mosby Jan 12 #5
TexasBushwhacker Jan 12 #10
aeromanKC Jan 12 #6
TexasBushwhacker Jan 12 #9
Honeycombe8 Jan 12 #12
TexasBushwhacker Jan 12 #13
Gothmog Jan 12 #2
aeromanKC Jan 12 #4
Recursion Jan 12 #7
jb5150 Jan 12 #8
McCamy Taylor Jan 12 #11
riversedge Jan 13 #14

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:32 PM

1. I like him

If he can get a grassroots effort going, especially targeting the Hispanic community, he could be formidable.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:09 PM

3. I like him, but his highest elected office is Mayor of San Antonio

I was really hoping he would challenge Gregg Abbott for Governor in 2018.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:19 PM

5. does it matter anymore

Millions of people voted for a reality show person and failed business man.



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Response to Mosby (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:08 PM

10. I would hope our candidates would be held to a higher standard

At least Senators and Governors have run successful statewide campaigns.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:21 PM

6. Or Senate vs. Cornyn 2020

His candidacy will help him elevate his status nonetheless for those runs.

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Response to aeromanKC (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:06 PM

9. I would like him to do this n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:54 PM

12. I've been waiting for a governor. Guess it won't happen. But...

But at least being a mayor is executive experience, which is more than being in Congress. Being an executive is different from being in Congress, which is a collective effort.

But San Antonio isn't a very big city, so I don't know about that.

I'm guessing he's hoping to show his debate skills and get popular enough to get on the ticket as a V.P. If not, this gives him experience to run again later, makes him nationally known, and you know...most who run for President and are high profile end up getting rich. Books, hefty speaking engagement fees, etc.

That's why most of these guys are throwing their hats in.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:16 PM

13. And San Antonio has a "weak mayor" form of government

They have a City Manager as well as the Mayor and while the Mayor presides over City Council and has a vote, he doesn't have veto power.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:35 PM

2. I really like Julian Castro

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:18 PM

4. No

Cabinet perhaps, but not on the ticket.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:56 PM

7. I've liked everything I've seen about him so far

I could be persuaded

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:06 PM

8. Too early to tell ..

but he is an impressive gentleman, and so is his brother ... if he wins the nomination, I would have no issue voting for him.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:55 PM

11. Yes. This is going to be better than 2008, the greatest line up of Dem candidates ever.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 09:46 PM

14. I am so glad he entered the Presidendial race.

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