Campaign: Julián Castro To Make Saturday Announcement

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member Julian Castro is expected Saturday to launch his bid to become the nation's first Hispanic president, scheduling his announcement in a border state central to America's immigration debate.

Castro's entrance makes him the only declared Latino in the Democratic field, a relatively powerful position given how the party has leaned on Latino voters and turnout efforts to tilt states like Nevada, Arizona and Texas their direction in recent years.

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.

Hispanic activists were already celebrating Castro's potential run for the White House, arguing his politics and life story served as an antidote to the Trump presidency, which has always been characterized by anti-immigrant rhetoric. On top of that, keep in mind that Castro was a Hillary endorser in the 2016 race. He only barely registers in polls, and sometimes isn't included as an option at all. The committee held a hearing on "HUD Accountability". The ex-housing secretary became the second Democrat to formally enter race, after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen.

In an interview with NBC News on Friday, Castro said: "Mine is an immigrant story".

"Today we're falling backwards instead of moving forward", he said. "The opportunities that made America the america that we love, those opportunities are reaching fewer and fewer people".

He was mayor of his hometown of San Antonio from 2009 until 2014, when he joined Obama's cabinet as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

He wanted a contrast, however, from the current president. The US government remains locked in a partial shutdown, soon to begin its fourth week, over Trump's demand for US$5.7 billion in border wall funding.

He argued for securing the border in a "smart and humane way". "And there is no way in hell that caging babies is the right way to do it".

Two days after the President visited the border to promote his promised wall, Mr Castro mocked Mr Trump for claiming that the USA faces an "invasion" from its ally to the south. His brother, Joaquin, is a member of the House from Texas.

But Castro told CNN that he believes he can perform well in Iowa and is backing that confidence up, according to a source with knowledge of Castro's operation, by naming Derek Eadon, the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, to a senior role on his nascent campaign.

"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.

Castro: "If police in Charleston can arrest Dylann Roof.without hurting him, then don't tell me that Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones, and Eric Garner, and Jason Pero, and Stephon Clark, and Sandra Bland shouldn't still be alive today". 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.

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