Former HUD Secretary Castro to run for president in 2020

Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race

Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race

Former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro officially announced his presidential bid in San Antonio on Saturday, beginning a campaign that will look to turn his uniquely American immigrant story into a direct repudiation of President Donald Trump.

"When my grandmother got here nearly 100 years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later..."

"He said his grandmother taught him", When we want change, we don't wait for change, we work for it", and that she would not believe it if she were alive today that he would be there today saying, "I am a candidate for president of the United States of America".

He spoke from a podium that featured his campaign logo - his first name, with an emphasis on its accent - and greeted supporters with mariachi music. In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met with Donald Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide.

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Jay Inslee, and nearly two-dozen other potential candidates are thought to be likely to enter the primaries soon, too. "Because we're going to make sure that the promise of America is there for everyone".

Castro, the 44-year-old grandson of a Mexican immigrant, made the campaign announcement at Plaza Guadalupe on San Antonio's middle-class west side, less than 200 miles from the U.S. -Mexico border.

Mr Castro, who was considered on the short list to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 election, will try to leverage his Obama administration experience while making the case he is still a political newcomer.

His twin brother, Joaquin Castro, is a member of the US House of Representatives from Texas.

"I love what I see", Trump said Saturday night when asked about the competition during a telephone interview with Fox News Channel. He also said that he disagrees with the administration's goal of detaining families together as they seek asylum or refugee status, saying that other approaches such as using ankle monitors are more humane and can be effective to track people who enter the USA and are awaiting court proceedings. "A son of San Antonio being the first Latino president is a big deal", said Pete Gonzalez, an electrical worker brimming with pride for his hometown. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate bid previous year, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls.

Since announcing formation of an exploratory committee in December, Mr Castro has begun to stake out positions on policy debates that will dominate the nominating contests that kick off early next year. Ted Cruz turned O'Rourke into a national Democratic celebrity.

The two were born into a politically active family. Yet with so many better known contenders considering the race, including fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke, Castro will have to work to stand out. 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. "I am going to go speak to them in a way that resonates with them".

Like other Democrats running, Castro has said he will not accept money from political action committees tied to corporations and unions, and he has sought to introduce himself to voters as a champion for universal health care and affordable housing.

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