Julian Castro, Obama’s ex-HUD Secretary announces 2020 presidential bid

nearvideo former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro holds a rally to announce 2020 his application for presidential candidacy

Julian Castro, says that even though he was not a front-runner in the field, he wants to campaign hard.

SAN ANTONIO — Surrounded by supporters, former housing and urban development Secretary Julian Castro announced his candidacy for the presidency on Saturday, becoming the third major of the candidate of the Democrats declared for the year 2020.

“We will make sure that the promise of America available to everyone in this 21st century,” he said of the crowd.

The Stanford University and the Harvard Law School graduate, made the announcement in his hometown, where he served as mayor from 2009-2014. His term of office ended, as the former President Barack typed Obama, the him HUD Secretary.


Still, Castro announced that his experience in the country is the seventh largest city as a Testament to his leadership qualities and why he should go down in history as the country’s first Latino President.

He outlined the climate change and universal health care as some of its most important priorities.

Former San Antonio mayor and housing and urban development Secretary Julian Castro speaks during an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 democratic presidential nomination, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“I’m running for President because it’s time for a new leadership and to ensure that the opportunities I had are available to every American,” he said.

Castro, who made a stop in Iowa and Las Vegas days before his announcement, now connects what could be a crowded Democratic field. Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, launched an exploratory Committee on Dec. 31. The former Vice-President Joe Biden, California Senator Kamala Harris, and former El Paso Congressman Beto O’rourke, whose profile has after losing only narrowly to Senator Ted Cruz, in November, were also identified as potential candidates.

Rep. John Delaney from Maryland’s already run for President, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said in an interview on Friday that she has decided to run for the White house.



If he wins, Castro would not only be the first Latino President. At only 44 years of age, he is one of the youngest Americans would hold the seat.

But critics say that the long list of hopefuls could easily outshine the Texas home.

“The people here in San Antonio know him obviously…but if you ask from Texas, and you, a normal citizen on the street, and you say, Julian Castro, you are probably saying, who?” Johnny Arredondo, a member of the Republican club of Bexar County said.

“Julian Castro has made history, told by one of the greatest lightweights on the run ever run for President,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens in a statement. “He was a weak mayor, could not the Secretary to his HUD. Of course, this is just another desperate attempt to be different running mate”.

During Castro’s policies, he was introduced into the national spotlight when he delivered the 2012 Democratic National Convention keynote address. was known in Texas After the end of his tenure as HUD Secretary, Castro, Secretary of state Hillary Clinton was floated as a possible Vice-presidential candidate for the former US-foreign but over for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

Since then, Castro has been a time in the national spotlight, this is the reason why Texas A & M University-San Antonio political science professor, Andrew Sanders, says Castro early announcement is a good step.


“He has been out of the spotlight for a while now. His experience in government is a little limited compared to some of the other names that are likely to appear in the field. So, it is probably a wise step for him to have his name there at this point,” said Sanders.

To search for former San Antonio mayor and housing and urban development Secretary Julian Castro, front left, waves as he arrives with his family at an event where he announced his decision, the 2020 democratic presidential nomination, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

However, Castro’s supporters believe that the three-term mayor, what it takes to be German country’s highest office.

“He is the epitome of the American dream…Julian is as driven a human being as it is, and he wants to win. And at each stage in his life, he was a winner. And he’ll do what it takes to win the election,” said political strategist Christian Archer, who led Castro’s successful run for mayor.

Castro stressed the preservation of public housing, investment in new, affordable housing, and efforts to the rental market cheaper than achievements during his time as HUD Secretary.

As mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA, an elite pre-K pass program, a signature curriculum vitae for the candidate.

Others, however, have slammed the Castro’s actions as too extreme.


“The voters outside of San Antonio and Texas need to be aware that Castro left the city, deeply in debt, a bloated administrative apparatus…Julian Castro can be described as a Spanish version of Obama,” said George Rodriguez, Bexar County Republican party spokesman.

Archer realizes that Castro, the campaign is filled with challenges, but he has high hopes.

“I think he’s got a long way to go. But, then there’s the next generation of leaders, And I think if people take a moment and listen to Julian Castro, what he has done in the past, but more importantly, what his vision for the future, I think he’s going to catch fire,” said Archer.

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