Julian Castro announces run for President

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Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary under President Barack Obama, formally declared on Saturday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 contest-an announcement that's been expected since he launched an exploratory committee last month.

"When my grandmother got here nearly 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", he said at the rally.

The former mayor of San Antonio made his announcement at Guadalupe Plaza on the city's west side, blocks from the home where he grew up and the church where he was baptized. The announcement surprised few, but puts him near the front of what is expected to be a jam-packed field of White House hopefuls. Yet with so many better known contenders considering the race, including fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke, Castro will have to work to stand out.

"As president, my first executive order will recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord", Castro vowed, referencing the worldwide deal that Trump ditched just months after taking office.

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".

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"Donald Trump represents the opposite of what I am and what I believe", he said. And today, in this country, there are a lot of people that don't feel like the frontrunner. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. And former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.

More than a dozen potential Democratic candidates are exploring a possible run for president in 2020. "His burden is to show that it's his time, right now, and not in another four years or another eight years".

Castro comes from a family of politicians and activist. 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. Their mother, Rosie Castro, was one of the leaders of La Raza Unida, a 1970's radical "Chicano" movement promoting civil rights for Mexican-Americans, mostly in Texas and Southern California during the height of the movement.

Castro is leaning on his life story - from the grandson of a Mexican immigrant to Harvard Law School and beyond - to sell an optimistic take on the need to keep the American Dream alive for all. That was the point of the American Dream: It wasn't supposed to be just a dream. It's a testament that everybody counts in this country. Diana Delrosario, a social worker in San Antonio, warned she might cry while she recounted how Castro once went out of his way as mayor to help wheel her mother out of a restaurant.

He left his post and joined Obama's Cabinet until 2017, and now it looks like he's taking the next step toward the seat of the most powerful elected office in the free world. A year ago he said he probably would not be in the United States if today's strict immigration policies were in place when Castro's grandmother crossed the border as a young girl in 1922.

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