Who Is Julián Castro? | 2020 Presidential Candidate | NYT News

Who Is Julián Castro? | 2020 Presidential Candidate | NYT News


A former San Antonio mayor … “San Antonio is one of
the most livable cities in the nation.” … with a twin brother,
who is also in politics. “I’m one minute older.” Colbert: “One minute older?” “He routinely goes
around telling people that the way
to tell us apart is that I’m a minute uglier
than he is.” And he found his footing
on the debate stage, but is still lagging
in the polls. “We need a Marshall Plan
for Honduras and Guatemala
and El Salvador, so that people
can find safety and opportunity at home.” Julián Castro is
running for president. So who is he? Castro was born and raised
in San Antonio, the grandson of a
Mexican immigrant. “She ended up working
her entire life as a maid, a cook
and a babysitter so that my mother could
have a better shot in life.” After attending Stanford
and Harvard Law, Castro came
back to San Antonio and was elected to the
City Council when he was 26. He ran for mayor
in 2005 and lost. Four years later,
he tried again and won. “I thought he was
an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” “San Antonio, Texas.” “I’m messing with you,
I know who you are.” One of his priorities
as mayor was implementing a
full-day pre-K program. “If you have a dollar
to spend in education, that dollar is best spent
early on with young people before they ever get
behind in the first place.” In 2012, he was in the
national spotlight as the first Latino keynote
speaker at the D.N.C. “Ours is a nation
like no other. A place where great
journeys can be made in a single generation,
no matter who you are, or where
you come from.” President Obama tapped Castro
to be his housing secretary, and now he’s seeking
to return to D.C. So what is his platform? “We stand up for immigrants.” Castro’s made immigration
his cornerstone. He was the first
candidate to propose repealing the section
of immigration law that criminalizes
illegal border crossing. “Some of us on this stage have
called to end that section, to terminate it. Some, like Congressman O’Rourke,
have not and I want to challenge all
of the candidates to do that.” And he supports
higher minimum wage, rejoining the
Paris Climate Accords, gun control and
reforming the policing system. So what are his chances? It took a while for Castro
to have a breakout moment. “You know, I wasn’t
born a front-runner. I didn’t grow up
a front-runner.” But then came the debates. And that’s when Castro
started gaining momentum. “What we need are
politicians that actually have some guts on this issue.” Moderator:
“Thank you, Secretary. Mr. Vice President,
please, your response.” But is his debate
performance enough? Despite pushing
the party on immigration, Castro continues to
struggle in the polls and in fund-raising, keeping him near the
bottom of the pack.

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