For­mer mem­ber of Obama’s cabi­net en­ters 2020 race

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

A FOR­MER mem­ber of Barack Obama’s cabi­net has joined the 2020 pres­i­den­tial race the Democrats make early moves to chal­lenge Don­ald Trump ac­cel­er­ates.

“I’m run­ning 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 op­por­tu­ni­ties that I’ve had are avail­able to ev­ery Amer­i­can,” Julian Castro told cheer­ing sup­port­ers.

Castro, who could end up be­ing the only Latino in what is shap­ing up to be a crowded Demo­cratic field, of­fi­cially kicked off his cam­paign with a rally in his home­town of San An­to­nio, where he was mayor for five years.

The ex-hous­ing sec­re­tary be­came the se­cond Demo­crat to for­mally en­ter race, af­ter for­mer Mary­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive John De­laney.

Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts has also started an ex­ploratory com­mit­tee for pres­i­dent, and four other Demo­cratic se­na­tors are tak­ing steady steps to­ward run­ning. Hawaii rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tulsi Gab­bard, the first Hindu elected to Con­gress, is plan­ning a bid too.

Castro, the 44-year-old grand­son of a Mex­i­can im­mi­grant, made the cam­paign an­nounce­ment at Plaza Guadalupe, less than 200 miles from the US-Mex­ico bor­der. The im­passe over a bor­der wall that Trump made a cen­tral prom­ise of his 2016 cam­paign has led to the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in US his­tory.

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