Whispers are spreading about Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro’s being groomed to run alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.
For those of you who are not aware of who Julian Castro is, let me give you some background and a list of some of his accomplishments:
- He became the fifth Latino mayor in the history of San Antonio and was the youngest mayor of a top-50 American city. He also went on to win reelection two more times.
- He rose to the national spotlight in 2012 when he was tasked to speak at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first Hispanic to ever deliver this address. Some may remember that a similar spotlight was cast on then Senator Barack Obama when he made a riveting speech at the same event in 2004.
- During President Barack Obama’s run for the White House, Julian, along with his brother Joaquin (a Texas congressman) campaigned for Obama, rallying the Latino vote in the tightest battleground states.
- Julian Castro comes from a Chicano family and has spoken proudly about his activist roots. His mother was an active member of the Texas chapters of La Raza and was involved in civil rights campaigns across the state.
- He attended Stanford University for undergrad and Harvard University for Law School.
Many guesses can be made about the upcoming Presidential elections. On one hand, Republican pundits have been calling Julian Castro a “radical” who has “socialist” tendencies. Lucky for him, the Vice Presidential candidate is not under as intense pressure as the Presidential candidate, leaving more room to motivate the base and be even a little vicious. He has broken out as a young and dynamic political figure, all personality traits Clinton is looking for in a running partner.
Clinton is off to a good start with her first campaign video, prominently displaying the diversity of her coalition, as well as her bit in the commercial where two actors are speaking Spanish. However, she – as well as all other candidates (across party lines) – will have to step up their Latino outreach as pollsters are reporting that the eventual nominee will need more than 40 percent of the Latino vote to win the presidency.
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