Former housing secretary says he’s in presidential race
several weeks. He established an exploratory committee in December, two months after publishing a memoir, “An Unlikely Journey” – a familiar path for presidential candidates who want to play up their life stories and qualifications. This month, he also visited two of the early caucus and primary states, Iowa and Nevada.
He joins Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland on the still-short list of Democrats who have said definitively they will seek the party’s 2020 nomination.
In his speech Saturday, Castro emphasized education, calling for a national version of the universal prekindergarten program he established in San Antonio when he was mayor. To fund the program there, he increased the city’s sales tax – a politically risky proposition, but San Antonio voters approved it. years ago,” Castro said at the Plaza Guadalupe amphitheater in San Antonio, in the neighborhood where he was raised, “I’m sure that she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress (Rep. Joaquin Castro) and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
Castro’s announcement had been expected for
Julián Castro, former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, announced Saturday he would run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination.
His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit and meet with residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Later in the week, his campaign said, he will go to New Hampshire.
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