In October, we asked Julián Castro if he was planning on running for president in 2020.

First, he laughed. “You know, I’m gonna make a decision after November, although I would love to give you a scoop today, Joshua,” he said. “I’m seriously considering running for president.”

Three months later, the former San Antonio mayor and HUD secretary announced his presidential run.

“When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago,” he said during his speech, “I’m sure that she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

Since then, he’s been outspoken about several key issues, like immigration reform.

He’s advocated for a Medicare-for-all healthcare system.

He said his “first executive order” would be to put the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Accord.

And he’s defended his support of reparations for descendants of slaves.

In a crowded Democratic field, how is Castro faring?

Show produced by Morgan Givens. Text by Kathryn Fink.


  • Julián Castro Former secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development; former mayor, San Antonio; author of "An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream"; @JulianCastro

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