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Obama's former housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

13 January 2019

Another Democrat has thrown his hat into the ring to run for President in 2020 against Donald Trump! "He was not in the Bernie Sanders mould of trying to revolutionize the city", said Crockett, who teaches political science and wrote a book on insurgent presidential candidates. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, is planning a bid, too.

Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the U.S. -Mexico border.

Castro, one of the most high-profile Democrats to ever seek the party's presidential nomination, announced his campaign in San Antonio, according to the New York Times.

The impasse over paying for a border wall that Trump made a central part of his 2016 campaign has led to the partial federal closure. "Today we begin another one", Castro said.

As a supporter of universal healthcare, the renewal of the assault weapons ban, LGBTQ rights and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Castro is the second candidate to formally launch a campaign.

"There are serious issues that need to be addressed in our broken immigration system, but seeking asylum is a legal right". He is the identical, older twin brother of Rep. Joaquin Castro, who also is a former state representative. And the cruel policies of this administration are doing real and lasting harm, " he said. He'll be in New Hampshire this Wednesday at the traditional "Politics and Eggs" breakfast, which has become an obligatory stop for presidential candidates.

Castro has always been viewed as a rising star in the Democratic Party and said he has been considering a bid for almost two years.

Castro took the first step toward a run in December when he formed an exploratory committee that allowed him to raise and spend a limited amount of money to test whether he can generate support for an official bid. Ted Cruz turned O'Rourke into a national Democratic celebrity.

The 44-year-old, who rose to national prominence with an electrifying keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic convention, seems set to become the second high-profile Democrat to announce their candidacy for 2020 following MA senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign launch at the end of last year. Most of his speech highlighted his family's immigrant history and San Antonio roots - his grandmother moved to the United States in the 1920s and his mother is a longtime community activist.

Castro's strong oratory skills, experience as Barack Obama's housing secretary and as mayor of the nation's seventh largest city, not to mention his telegenic charisma, could help propel the Texas native into the top tier. He was also famously considered a frontrunner to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, but she ultimately went with Senator Tim Kaine.

Since his time in Obama's cabinet Castro has slipped away from the public limelight as a new crop of young Democrats, including California senator Kamala Harris and former Texan congressman Beto O'Rourke, have gained national notoriety.

Obama's former housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign