Julián Castro, former Obama Cabinet member, announces 2020 presidential run

Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race

Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race

Another Democrat has thrown his hat into the ring to run for President in 2020 against Donald Trump! Past year he said he probably would not be in the United States if today's strict immigration policies were in place when Castro's grandmother crossed the border as a young girl in 1922. And Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week.

Some Democrats believe an establishment figure who can appeal to centrist voters is the way to win back the White House. 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.

"Going forward", Castro said, America "must be the smartest, the fairest, the healthiest and the most prosperous nation on earth".

Julian Castro's strong oratorical skills, experience in the Obama cabinet and as mayor of the nation's seventh largest city, coupled with his charisma, could help propel him into the top tier of Democratic candidates.

In his convention speech Castro highlighted "an unlikely journey" that he has lived, including growing up with twin brother Joaquin, who is a USA congressman.

Castro also decried police violence toward African Americans, particularly compared with how authorities handled Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who murdered nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina three years ago.

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That group of hopefuls is starting to take shape even though the first primary elections are more than a year away. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is doing little to dim speculation that he might jump into a field that has no clear front-runner. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey have moved ahead of Castro in name recognition.

Since announcing formation of an exploratory committee in December, Mr Castro has begun to stake out positions on policy debates that will dominate the nominating contests that kick off early next year.

Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said in an emailed statement that Castro "has made history by becoming one of the biggest lightweights to ever run for president". "That said, his star is definitely not rising anymore, and the sun may be setting on the presidential ambitions of Julian Castro".

Castro was vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but was overlooked as Virginia senator Tim Kaine was given the role.

Castro was raised primarily by his grandmother - who he called Mamo - and Rosie Castro, his Chicana political activist mother, eventually excelling enough to attend Stanford University and, eventually, Harvard Law School. He was secretary of housing and urban development through the end of the 44th president's term in January 2017.

Laying out other key components of his campaign platform, Castro noted his support for Medicare for All and his rejection of corporate political action committee (PAC) money as well as his dedication to taking action to address the global climate crisis.

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