Candidate Profiles is our featured series on Democratic candidates as they announce their candidacies for 2020.
On Saturday, Julián Castro officially announced his intention to run for president in 2020.
After initially announcing an exploratory committee, and his brother Joaquin saying that he will run, Julián Castro has finally made his run for the presidency official.
After national recognition of his 2012 DNC keynote speech, and after his service under the Obama administration, Castro now faces challenges of growing a coalition for his 2020 bid.
He’s Hispanic, energetic, and sounds like a carbon-copy of President Obama.
- Julián Castro served as President Obama’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary from 2014 – 2017.
- Castro also became the first Hispanic to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
- He was San Antonio’s youngest councilman, back in 2001.
- His twin brother, Joaquín Castro, is currently a congressman representing Texas’s 20th district.
Castro’s political ideas tend to fall in line with that of mainstream Democrats.
In his first address, he wasted no time in pandering to minorities in the hopes that he seem progressive.
“If police in Charleston can arrest Dylan Roof after he murdered 9 people … without hurting him, then don’t tell me that Michael Brown and Tamir Rice … and Stephon Clark and Sandra Bland shouldn’t still be alive today.”
Castro’s rhetoric here will be devoured by liberal voters. Race-baiting is a key strategy for today’s Democratic party.
He sounds exactly like Obama.
Impression on point here:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 12, 2019
Our Estimate – IN THE RUNNING
Despite what you may think of him, Julián Castro is qualified to run for president, especially after serving as HUD Secretary under the Obama administration.
While he does not have a strong base of support, he is a rising star in the Democratic party.
The real question is to whether he can mobilize the Hispanic vote.
If he can accomplish such feat, Castro stands a fair chance at capturing the nomination.
If he can’t, he’ll eventually fade into the background amidst all the noise.