Julián Castro 2020 presidential campaign

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Julián Castro 2020 presidential campaign
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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic primaries)
CandidateJulián Castro
16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014–2017)
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas (2009–2014)
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusAnnounced January 12, 2019
HeadquartersSan Antonio, Texas
Key peopleRep. Joaquin Castro (campaign chairman)[1]
Maya Rupert (campaign manager)[1]
Derek Eadon (deputy campaign manager)[1]
Jennifer Fiore (communications advisor)[1]
Scott Atlas (finance chairman)[1]
SloganOne Nation. One Destiny.[2]

The Julián Castro 2020 presidential campaign was formally launched on January 12, 2019. Julián Castro, the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017, was the fourth office-holding Democrat to formally announce a campaign in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, following Congressman John Delaney, State Senator Richard Ojeda, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.[3]


Castro speaking to the California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.

Castro served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until he joined President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2014 as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign; Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was ultimately selected.[4][5]


Nationwide opinion polling for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries for Julian Castro


Castro formed a presidential exploratory committee on December 12, 2018.[6] Exactly one month later, Castro officially announced his presidential bid at a rally in San Antonio.[7] His brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, and their mother introduced him at the rally.[8]

Historical significance[edit]

If elected, Castro would become the first Hispanic or Latino president of the United States.[9] Castro would also be the first president whose highest experience was as a cabinet secretary since Herbert Hoover.[10]

Political positions[edit]


Castro supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.[11]


Castro supports a universal pre-kindergarten program, which he instituted in San Antonio during his mayorship. He also supports making the first two years of higher education tuition-free.[12][13]


Castro believes in providing a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants within the United States. He opposes President Trump's proposed border wall and his family separation policy. He has said that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be "restructured" and that illegal immigration should be treated as a civil offense instead of a criminal one.[14][15]


Castro believes in achieving universal healthcare through Medicare for All. He has proposed a tax hike on very wealthy Americans to fund the program.[13][16]



  1. ^ a b c d e @PatrickSvitek (January 12, 2019). ". @JulianCastro campaign leadership: - Campaign chairman: @JoaquinCastrotx - Campaign manager: @MayaRupert - Deputy campaign manager: @Derek_Eadon - Senior adviser for comms and digital: @Jennifer_Fiore - Finance chairman: Scott Atlas" (Tweet) – via Twitter. line feed character in |title= at position 2 (help)
  2. ^ O'Keefe, Ed; Rosenkrantz, Holly; Segers, Grace. "Julián Castro announces he is running for president in 2020". CBS News. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Sommerfeldt, Chris (January 12, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress, says she'll run for president in 2020". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Lambrecht, Bill (January 29, 2016). "V.P. talk grows as Castro campaigns for Clinton". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Poppe, Ryan (June 17, 2016). "HUD Secretary Julián Castro No Longer Being Vetted for VP". TPR. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Weber, Paul (December 12, 2018). "Julian Castro Forming Presidential Exploratory Committee". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Julián Castro to make announcement about 2020 plans - live updates". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ NBC News, Watch Live: Julián Castro to make 2020 presidential campaign announcement, retrieved January 12, 2019
  9. ^ Astor, Maggie (January 12, 2019). "Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Run". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Scher, Bill. "Welcome to 2020, Julián Castro! Here's How To Win by Losing". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  11. ^ NBC (April 1, 2019). "We The People: Julian Castro advocates raising minimum wage to $15 an hour". NBC. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Gamboa, Suzanne (March 1, 2019). "Can Julián Castro make education his issue in the crowded 2020 presidential field?". NBC. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Desjardins, Lisa (January 12, 2019). "What does Julián Castro believe? Where the candidate stands on 8 issues". PBS. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Santos, Patty (April 10, 2019). "Presidential hopeful Julian Castro lays out immigration plan at SA rally". KSAT. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Chappell, Carmin (February 6, 2019). "Democrat Julian Castro wants to take on Trump over immigration. Here's where he stands on key issues". CNBC. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Birnbaum, Emily (January 8, 2019). "Julian Castro: 'We should do Medicare for all in this country'". The Hill. Retrieved April 11, 2019.

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