Texas Democrat Julian Castro launches 2020 campaign

  • Texas Democrat Julian Castro launches 2020 campaign

Texas Democrat Julian Castro launches 2020 campaign

He made his announcement at Plaza Guadalupe, a landmark in San Antonio's sprawling west side Mexican American barrio, a neighborhood of neat, brightly painted wood framed homes, many on tiny lots and festooned with white plaster Catholic statues.

"In this environment where Latinos in particular have been in the crosshairs, where we have a president who started his campaign on the first day attacking us, to have someone like Julián to step up for our community to defend us and to defeat this monster in the White House gives us great pride, or orgullo as we say in Spanish", said Cristóbal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Fund, which helps elect Hispanic politicians.

His launch comes a day after news emerged that Hawaii Congresswoman Ms Gabbard would also announce a bid. He spoke about the need to address climate change. He has also visited Iowa and Nevada - two of the earliest primary and caucus states - in addition to publishing a memoir a year ago, a common first move for future presidential candidates.

San Antonio, he said, "represents America's future: diverse, fast-growing, optimistic, a place where people of different backgrounds can come together to create something truly special".

He argued for securing the border in a "smart and humane way". "And there is no way in hell that caging children is keeping us safe", he said, telling the crowd his grandmother died regretting that she wasn't able to say goodbye to her mother when she left Mexico for the U.S.in the 1920s. There are about 700,000 young "Dreamers" who were brought into the USA illegally as children; advocates want to provide them with protection deportation and a chance to apply for citizenship. His identical twin brother, Joaquin Castro, was a state representative.

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.

That group of hopefuls is starting to take shape even though the first primary elections are more than a year away.

Supporters cheer for former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, in San Antonio, Jan. 12, 2019. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey have moved ahead of Castro in name recognition. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

At age 26, Julian Castro became the youngest member elected to the San Antonio City Council, and served as mayor until 2014.

"I have this heart for Julian". It wasn't long before Democrats nationally embraced him as a star in the making, particularly one from Texas, where a booming Hispanic population is rapidly changing the state's demographics and improving the party's fortunes.

Two years later, President Obama chose him to run HUD.

Tim Kaine was eventually selected to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential race, and the Republicans won.

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 launched an exploratory committee for a potential campaign on December 12, citing a platform built on opportunity, education, housing, health care, immigration and the environment.