For­mer Obama hous­ing chief Cas­tro en­ters 2020 cam­paign

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

SAN AN­TO­NIO — As­sail­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for “a cri­sis of lead­er­ship,” for­mer Obama Cab­i­net mem­ber Ju­lian Cas­tro joined the 2020 pres­i­den­tial race Satur­day as a rush of Democrats ac­cel­er­ates.

Cas­tro, 44, could end up be­ing the only Latino in a crowded Demo­cratic field. He was San An­to­nio’s mayor for five year and U.S. hous­ing sec­re­tary in Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sec­ond term. He be­came the sec­ond Demo­crat to for­mally en­ter the race, after for­mer Mary­land Rep. John De­laney.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard and Sen. El­iz­abeth War­ren, D-Mass., have formed ex­ploratory com­mit­tees. Casto’s first trip as a can­di­date comes Mon­day to Puerto Rico, where an out­cry has be­gun as the White House con­sid­ers di­vert­ing dis­as­ter fund­ing to pay for a bor­der wall.

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