Julián Castro announces 2020 presidential run from Texas

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Julian Castro may already be behind in the polls, but no matter-he's boldly running for president. He has also visited Iowa and Nevada - two of the earliest primary and caucus states - in addition to publishing a memoir previous year, a common first move for future presidential candidates. US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has formed an exploratory committee and Representative Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she will run for president.

Castro made the announcement in San Antonio today, saying, "We're going to make sure that the promise of America is available to everyone in the 21st century". The ex-housing secretary became the second Democrat to formally enter race, after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney.

Castro is the first Mexican-American and first San Antonio native to seek 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 USA history. "Yeah, we have to have border security, but there is a smart and a humane way to do it".

"There are serious issues that need to be addressed in our broken immigration system, but seeking asylum is a legal right".

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian n Castro announces his candidacy for President of the United States in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 12, 2019.

"His story is really the American story", Alex said. He also stressed the value of hard work, which he said he and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), learned from their immigrant grandmother and their single mother.

That group of hopefuls is starting to take shape even though the first primary elections are more than a year away.

Among the other possible candidates expected to make decisions soon are Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.

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So, too, is former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas., who could be more of a challenge.

Castro's entry into the race was widely expected after he formed an exploratory committee last month.

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.

The 44-year-old, who rose to national prominence with an electrifying keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic convention, seems set to become the second high-profile Democrat to announce their candidacy for 2020 following MA senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign launch at the end of last year.

Tim Kaine was eventually selected to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential race, and the Republicans won. Joaquin Castro's position on the House Intelligence Committee has made him a frequent public critic of the president.

Castro's next stop and his first trip as a presidential candidate is to Puerto Rico.

Castro: "If police in Charleston can arrest Dylann Roof.without hurting him, then don't tell me that Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones, and Eric Garner, and Jason Pero, and Stephon Clark, and Sandra Bland shouldn't still be alive today". He also said he doesn't plan to accept any PAC money for his campaign.

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