Julián Castro Takes Next Step in 2020 Decision
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro on Wednesday announced he was forming an exploratory committee to look at a potential 2020 presidential run -- an indication that he is likely running. Castro said he would announce his decision on January 12, 2019 from his hometown of San Antonio. The exploratory presidential committee is a technical step that allows candidates to begin raising funds specifically for a run. He’s already begun to hit the circuit: he and his twin brother Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) are stopping by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show later this week, and on Monday, he met with potential supporters in New York and spoke at the first-ever Hispanic leadership summit at the UN. Castro would be among the youngest and likely the most prominent Latinx. And while he may be polling well among Latinx -- as we told you on Wednesday -- Castro has to overcome a crowded field and low national polling. "People might say right now, 'Well, hey, you're way down here in polling that's taken.' The most dangerous place to be right now is actually in the pole position," Castro said. "It doesn't bother me that in December of 2018 I'm not right up at the top of the list. If I decide to run, it would be because I believe I have a compelling message and I'm going to work hard and get to the voters and I believe I can be successful." And Castro has friends in Congress. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have reportedly been encouraging the former San Antonio Mayor, and TX Democratic Congressman-elect Colin Allred -- who worked for Castro at HUD during the Obamaadministration -- put out a statement praising the former Secretary, though not quite endorsing him. More here.