Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio who also served on the Obama administration, took aim at President Trump as he revealed his intention to a launch a bid for the White House in 2020, becoming the latest Democrat to enter what will likely be a very crowded presidential race.
The former Housing and Urban Development Secretary made the announcement Saturday afternoon during a rally in his hometown, less than 200 miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, where he also served as mayor for five years.
“When my grandmother got here almost 100 years ago, I’m sure she could have never imagined just two generations later her grandsons would be serving as a member of United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here to day to say these words: ‘I am a candidate for the President of the United States,’” he said to cheers.
Castro during his address billed himself as “the antidote to Donald Trump” and mocked the President’s calls for a border wall, the debate over which has brought about the longest government shutdown in American history.
“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.”
The Texas democrat added that he decided to run 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.”
Castro, the 44-year-old grandson of a a Mexican immigrant, would be the nation’s first Latino president if elected. His announcement Saturday puts him in a jam-packed pool of other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Friday announced that she has decided to launch a White House bid in 2020, making her the second Democrat to enter the race after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has also hinted at her intention to campaign and in December started an exploratory committee for president.
Castro could also see competition from another Texas politician — there have been rumors that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who shot to political stardom after he nearly unseated republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the midterms, is also considering a presidential run in 2020.
With News Wire Services