Julián Castro Announces 2020 Run
Julián Castro finally made it official and kicked off his White House run on Saturday in San Antonio, his hometown and the city where he served as Mayor for five years. At the festive announcement, a mariachi band played for the crowd and in a moving speech, the 44-year-old former HUD Secretary under President Barack Obama detailed his vision for America and established his progressive bona fides. He denounced police killings of African-Americans describing it as “state violence” and shouted-out the Black Lives Matter movement. He also condemned Trump’s immigration policy, including the practice of family separation and the proposed border wall. He declared that his first executive order if elected would be to rejoin the Paris climate accords, which Trump left. He also pledged to pass “a Green New Deal” and “invest in housing that’s affordable to the middle class and to the poor.” And he called for a higher minimum wage. “When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago,” Castro said at the Plaza Guadalupe amphitheater in San Antonio, in the neighborhood where he was raised. “I’m sure that she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.” Then, he walked off-stage to Selena's "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit and meet with residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Later in the week, his campaign said, he will go to New Hampshire. Watch the entire speech here.