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.
Castro, 44, also served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until he joined Obama's cabinet in 2014. "That said, his star is definitely not rising anymore, and the sun may be setting on the presidential ambitions of Julian Castro". Aside from that, Castro doesn't have much to point to in terms of accomplishments or national name recognition.
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. Gabbard, the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress, is a veteran of the Iraq war and at 37, is another young candidate.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has formed an exploratory committee and has begun holding campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states with the earliest contests.
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We say "No" to building a wall, and "Yes" to building community. "We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to 'Dreamers, ' yes to keeping families together".
Joining Mr Castro at the campaign kick off was his twin brother, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Hispanic congressional caucus and a frequent critic of Mr Trump. Yet with so many better known contenders considering the race, including fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke, Castro will have to work to stand out.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California this past week published a memoir, a staple of presidential candidates. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate bid past year, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls.
Asking for an America that is the "smartest, healthiest and fairest" nation on Earth, Castro touted his support for universal health care; pre-kindergarten for all, based on a program he sponsored as mayor of San Antonio; affordable higher education, justice and immigration reform, and more attention on combating climate change.
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But Castro, who has repeatedly dismissed talk that an O'Rourke candidacy would complicate his own chances, has framed the neighborhood and his upbringing as the story of an underdog.
Castro launched an exploratory committee last month, Julián for the Future, and has already traveled to early primary states, with more visits to Iowa and New Hampshire slated for next week following his announcement Saturday in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
He was raised by a local Latina activist, and after a brief career in law, was elected mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city at 34. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), introduced him. In 2012, he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention - which had catapulted Barack Obama to national fame eight years earlier - telling the crowd about his experience as part of an immigrant family.
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.More news: Browns poking around ex-Giant Steve Spagnuolo
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