Former President Obama, Julian Castro, 44, announces that he will enter the presidential race of 2020
Former member of the Obama cabinet Julian Castro announced that he is throwing his hat in the ring for the presidential race of 2020.
Castro made the statement on Saturday when he kicked off a campaign in San Antonio, Texas, attacking President Donald Trump for a crisis of leadership, because the rush of Democrats put that early to expel the incumbent. days.
His announcement comes as anticipation grows around larger names still given a run of the White House.
Former member of Obama cabinet Julian Castro announced Saturday in San Antonio, Texas, he threw his hat in the ring for the presidential race of 2020
Castro, 44, was Mayor of San Antonio for five years and Secretary of American Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration (pictured here with President Obama in 2014)
Castro, who eventually could become the only Latino in what would be a crowded democratic field, gradually put immigration and the record-long government at the forefront of his announcement in his hometown, less than 200 miles from the US. Mexico border.
Two days after the president visited the border to promote his promised wall, Castro mocked Trump for claiming that the US was in favor of an invasion & # 39; from his ally to the south.
He called it a national security crisis, & # 39; said Castro. Well, there is a crisis today. It is a crisis of leadership. Donald Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation. & # 39;
Castro, the 44-year-old grandson of a Mexican immigrant, said he ran for president because it's time for new leadership, because it's time for new energy and it's time for a new commitment to make sure that the chances I have & # 39; there was available for every American. & # 39;
With the rally in San Antonio, where he was mayor for five years, the ex-housing secretary became the second democrat to formally enter the race after former representative of Maryland John Delaney.
Castro (middle) is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and said he is running for president because it is time for new leadership & # 39;
During his announcement of the candidacy, Castro criticized Trump and noted that he would not accept money from political action committees attached to companies and trade unions.
Castro (center right) was joined at the kickoff by his twin brother, the American Rep. Joaquin Castro
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also started a scouting committee for president and four other democratic senators set steady steps toward running. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected for Congress, also plans to make a bid.
The deadlock over paying for a boundary wall that made Trump a central part of his campaign for 2016 led to the partial federal closure. That stalemate, together with Trump's hard immigration stands, made sharp reprimands from Castro.
& # 39; There are serious problems that need to be addressed in our broken immigration system, but applying for asylum is a legal right. And the brutal policy of this government is doing real and lasting damage, "he said.
He advocated securing the border in a "smart and humane way."
& # 39; There is no way in hell that caging baby's is a smart or a good or good way to do it. We say no to building a wall and say yes to building a community. We say no to immigrants who are guilty of scapegoats, and yes to "Dreamers", yes to keeping families together. & # 39;
There are approximately 700,000 young Dreamers & # 39; illegally when children entered the United States; Proponents want to offer them deportation funding and offer an opportunity to apply for citizenship.
Castro was only 34 when he was elected mayor of the seventh city of the United States
Castro (in 2015) gave the keynote speech during the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and was selected as HUD secretary two years later
Castro criticized Trump's border wall plans and pleaded for the border in a 'smart and humane way & # 39; to secure during the kick-off of the campaign announcement
He accompanied Castro at the kick-off of the campaign his twin brother, the Democratic representative Joaquin Castro, president of the Spanish Congress Colus and a frequent critic of Trump.
The democratic field is beginning to take shape, even though the first primary elections are more than a year away.
Sen. Kamala Harris from California published a memoir last week, a staple of presidential candidates. Former Texas Rep. Beto O & # 39; Rourke does little to obscure speculation that he may jump into a field that has no clear leader.
Castro is aware that he is missing the name recognition of potential rivals in 2020 or the buzz around O & # 39; Rourke, whose flirtacties with 2020 donors and activists have conjured up after a tight race last year against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
But Castro, who has repeatedly indicated that an O & # 39; Rourke candidacy would make his own chances difficult, has framed the neighborhood and his upbringing as the story of an underdog.
Castro was raised by a local Latina activist. After a short career in law, he was elected as mayor of the seventh city of the country. It was not long before the Democrats embraced him nationally as an emerging star, especially one from Texas, where a rapidly growing Latin American population is rapidly changing the demographic data of the state and improving the fate of the party.
Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Two years later, President Barack Obama chose him for the department of housing and urban development.
He was on the shortlist of Hillary Clinton's potential gimmicks in 2016. During Castro's trip to Nevada last week, one Latino manager told Castro that he should again be a top game for vice president if his campaign fails.
Like other democrats at work, Castro has said he will not accept money from political action committees connected with corporations and trade unions, and he has tried to introduce himself to voters as a champion for universal health care and affordable housing.