Former Secretary of Obama Housing and Urban Development, announced that he was a presidential candidate on Saturday, 2020, after forming a presidential exploratory committee in December. Castro is speaking in San Antonio, his hometown and the city where he was mayor for five years.
Castro is making an announcement in Plaza Guadalupe, a place open to the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Castro, who is Mexican-American, has announced his exploratory committee standing before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe; December 12 is the day of celebration for the saint, a figure revered in Mexico.
"There are no people born here, but I have always believed that with great dreams and hard work, everything is possible in this country," Castro said on his hometown.
"When my grandmother arrived here almost a hundred years ago, I'm sure she could never have imagined that only two generations later, one of her grandchildren would serve as a member of the United States Congress and the other would have been with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for the President of the United States of America, "he said in English and Spanish.
"I am a presidential candidate because it's time for new leadership, it's time for new energy, it's time for new efforts to make sure that the opportunities I've had are available for every American," said Castro. Its slogan is "One Nation, One Destiny". Castro explained that "destiny" was "to be the most intelligent, the healthiest, the most beautiful and the most prosperous nation on earth".
He finished his speech by saying "Let's go to work! Vamonos!"
He mentioned several issues in his speech, including health care and criminal justice reform, as well as reiterating his support for "Black Lives Matter". Immigration reform has also been a key theme. He mentionedthis week, and denounced Trump's characterization of a "crisis" on the border
"There is a crisis today, it's a leadership crisis Donald Trump has failed to support the values of our great nation, "said Castro.
He also said that, as president, his first executive order would be re-presented at the Paris Climate Agreement, which Trump withdrew after taking office.
Several people spoke earlier about Castro, including his twin brother, representative Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who joked that he would grow a beard to differentiate himself from his brother. The speakers discussed their excitement at the fact that Castro launched a presidential campaign. He was introduced by his mother.
"I want to be honest with you: there will be many great candidates in this race," said Joaquin Castro, adding that he wished everyone a good omen, "but I know we have the best candidate with the best ideas and the most heart great. "
Before speaking, Julián Castro tweeted # Julian2020.
"People are ready to embark on a better path with leadership focused on creating opportunities for all and trying to bring the country together. rather than destroy us, "Castro saidwhen the exploratory committee was formed in December. "In the last few years I've had the opportunity to understand what people are looking for, I've visited more than 100 communities in the United States and I think they're ready for new leadership."
Castro has spent the last two years as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and other universities and recently published a memoir that was seen as his treatise for a potential campaign. He had broadcast a 2018 campaign for the United States Senate or governor in Texas, a signeventually launching a presidential campaign.
In a field of candidates that could include dozens of current and former legislators. , governors and mayors, Castro told CBS News that in December he will refer to his "track record of doing things locally and federally".
"There will be a lot of talented people running and I do not see the time to make my case to the voters," he added.
Castro's twin brother, Joaquin, is ready to be a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee the next year and hold a prominent position in his brother's campaign, probably in a fundraising role, since both brothers have been popular projects for the party and county fundraising circuit for several years.