Cas­tro an­nounces 2020 cam­paign

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - WORLD - BY PAUL J. WE­BER As­so­ci­ated Press

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

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.

Two days after the pres­i­dent vis­ited the bor­der to pro­mote his promised wall, Cas­tro mocked Trump for claim­ing that the U.S. faces an “in­va­sion” from its ally to the south. “He called it a na­tional se­cu­rity cri­sis,” Cas­tro said. “Well, there is a cri­sis to­day. It’s a cri­sis of lead­er­ship.”

Don­ald Trump has failed to up­hold the val­ues of our great na­tion.”

Cas­tro, the 44-yearold grand­son of a Mex­i­can im­mi­grant, said he was 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.”

He made the an­nounce­ment as a gov­ern­ment shut­down drags into the long­est in U.S. his­tory.

[AP PHOTO]

For­mer San An­to­nio Mayor and Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ju­lian Cas­tro, cen­ter right, is em­braced by his twin brother U.S. Rep. Joaquin Cas­tro (D-San An­to­nio), cen­ter left, dur­ing an event Satur­day in San An­to­nio.

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