After a couple of months of anticipation, Julián Castro has officially announced that he is running for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
“When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I’m sure 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,” Castro said during a campaign rally in San Antonio on Saturday.
The 44-year-old had been inching his way towards that official announcement for a couple of months, telling the public that he was “considering” running for office. As more democratic politicians have added their name to the race including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former State Senator Richard Ojeda of West Virginia, and former Representative John Delaney of Maryland, Castro is now one of them.
Castro understands, however, that even in the preliminary stages of this presidential campaign, he is not one of the standout candidates. Not yet anyway.
“I am not a frontrunner in this race, but I have not been a frontrunner at any time in my life,” Castro said. “I am going to go speak to them in a way that resonates with them,” and added that “My family’s story is a testament to what is possible when this country gets it right.”
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