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Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race

AFP
San Antonio
Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member Julian Castro on Saturday launched his bid to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, making his announcement in a border state central to America’s immigration debate.
“I am a candidate for president of the United States,” the 44-year-old Castro told a large crowd in San Antonio’s historic Guadalupe Plaza, in a speech that frequently invoked his immigrant heritage. Often called a rising star in the Democratic Party, Castro, who was Obama’s secretary of housing, is expected to be part of a huge and diverse field of candidates eager to challenge President Donald Trump.
Urging the enthusiastic crowd to look around the blue-collar neighborhood where he grew up, Castro said, “There are no front-runners that are born here, but I’ve always believed that with big dreams and hard work, anything is possible in this country.”

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