Obama protege to run for US president

Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro’s strong oratory skills and experience as Barack Obama’s housing secretary could help propel the Texas native into the top tier

"When my grandmother got here nearly 100 years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later..."

"I don't know. How does somebody beat that?" the president said.

In a Saturday morningspeechat San Antonio's Plaza Guadalupe, Castro denounced President Donald Trump's immigration policies-including his demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding that's produced the longest government shutdown in USA history-and his characterization of refugees from Central and South America arriving at the Southern border as "a national security crisis".

He spoke from a podium that featured his campaign logo - his first name, with an emphasis on its accent - and greeted supporters with mariachi music.

But Castro's early-out-of-the-gate status gives the still-forming Democratic field an early appearance of racial diversity with a candidate whose ancestral roots are in Mexico - the country that Trump, in his 2015 presidential candidacy announcement, said was sending rapists, drug traffickers and criminals to the U.S. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who are among more than two dozen prospects for the Democratic presidential nomination. Speaking to the crowd on San Antonio's predominantly Hispanic and working class West-Side, Castro urged political observers to not count him out.

At his Saturday announcement before a cheering crowd in his home town of San Antonio, Castro said that "we're going to make sure that the promise of America is available to everyone".

Castro was vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate to Hillary Clinton in 2016, but was overlooked as Virginia senator Tim Kaine was given the role.

Castro is the identical twin brother of Joaquín Castro, who now represents Texas's 20th congressional district.

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While Trump has said he "can relate" to their loss of income, he says a broken border is more damaging than a government shutdown. Pelosi also has shown no interest in accepting a wall - she has called it an "immorality" - in exchange for immigration fixes.

The presidential candidacy is Castro's first attempt for office beyond Texas' second-most populous city.

"I am not a frontrunner in this race, but I have not been a frontrunner at any time in my life", Castro said, adding that people who grew up in the neighborhoods he grew up in were never considered frontrunners. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard said on Friday she plans to run and will soon make a formal announcement. He also said that he disagrees with the administration's goal of detaining families together as they seek asylum or refugee status, saying that other approaches such as using ankle monitors are more humane and can be effective to track people who enter the USA and are awaiting court proceedings.

Castro would be the first identical twin elected president. Elizabeth Warren, who has formed an exploratory committee, Vermont Sen.

Neither Gonzalez nor Reyes were sure what impact former congressman Beto O'Rourke, a fellow Texan, would have on Castro's chances were he to run.

Castro was raised by a local Latina activist.

Castro's strong oratory skills, experience as Barack Obama's housing secretary and as mayor of the nation's seventh largest city, not to mention his telegenic charisma, could help propel the Texas native into the top tier. There have been 17 HUD Secretaries and not one of them has gone on to be their party's nominee, say nothing of becoming president.

Laying out other key components of his campaign platform, Castro noted his support for Medicare for All and his rejection of corporate political action committee (PAC) money as well as his dedication to taking action to address the global climate crisis.

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