Julián Castro Says He Has ‘Every Interest’ in Running for President in 2020

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Julian Castro gives a keynote speech at the Alamodome on June 17, 2016 at the Texas Democratic Convention

In an interview this week, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro gave the strongest indication yet that he's interested in running for president in 2020.

Castro, a Democrat who served as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, told NBC News that he has "every interest in running." His speech next week at an awards dinner in New Hampshire will help him take the temperature of voters in the early primary state.

"Part of the process of figuring out whether I'm going to run is going to listen to folks and feel the temperature" of voters, he said.

Castro told the San Antonio Express-News last week that he'd make a decision on whether to run by "the end of 2018."

Castro was on a short list to serve as Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, and speculation about the political aspirations of both him and his brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) have been constant since 2012, when Julián Castro gained national political attention for his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Castro also campaigned for Clinton in her most recent presidential run. Her loss had important reverberations for both brothers' political futures.

Joaquin Castro, also a rising star in the Democratic party, weighed challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and was rumored to be considering a run for Texas governor. He ultimately committed to seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

Julián Castro was first elected to the San Antonio City Council at age 26. He now serves as a lecturer at the University of Texas' Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

 

7 thoughts on “Julián Castro Says He Has ‘Every Interest’ in Running for President in 2020

  1. I think that he might make a good president one day, but he’s just not ready yet IMHO. I would like to see him as governor or senator for at least 2 terms before I would consider voting for him.

  2. My my my! The vitriol! And two different respondents call him a clown. Sounds like a family conspiracy. I adore Julian and will beat the streets for him.

  3. It’s all ego. Julian was mayor of San Antonio and now thinks he’s presidential material. Zero foreign policy experience, zero military experience, zero fiscal experience, zero monetary policy experience and zero business experience. He will have all his fawning followers for sure but since Democrats don’t think things through he doesn’t have a chance. If Hillary Clinton can’t beat Donald Trump what makes Julian think he can. Julian is the new Henry Cisneros; San Antonio Mayor, HUD Secretary, Bewildered Egomaniac, then out to pasture. But on the other hand, George Bush was our president and I still can’t figure out how that happened.

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