Mr Castro, 44, the grandson of a Mexican newcomer who would be the first Hispanic elected president, served as secretary of Covering and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama and has protracted been viewed as a rising star in the party. He will seek to situation himself as a political outsider with liberal credentials. Announcing his candidature, he put about: ”I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership. Because it’s time for new verve. And it’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities I’ve had are available for every American.”
One of Mr Castro’s principal stops as a candidate will take place on Monday in Puerto Rico, silence picking up the pieces after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, where he ordain attend an event hosted by the liberal Latino Victory Fund.
He instituted his announcement at Plaza Guadalupe, a landmark in San Antonio’s sprawling west side Mexican-American barrio, a in the region of of neat, brightly painted wood framed homes, many on infinitesimal lots and festooned with white plaster Catholic statues.
In summarising his public positions, Mr Castro endorsed “Medicare for all,” which would in effect beget a national healthcare plan by allowing anyone to join the public healthcare set.
That policy point is likely to divide Democrats in the primary, with assorted moderate candidates favouring a less drastic approach.
He used his fire to repeat support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He spoke with regard to the need to address climate change.
Mr Castro, whose grandmother was born in Mexico, has sought to use his blood’s personal story to criticise Mr Trump’s controversial border policies.
He reported: “Yes, we must have border security, but there is a smart and humane way to do it. And there is no way in abode of the damned that caging children is keeping us safe.”
Mr Castro is the second applicant to formally launch a campaign.
Former US Representative John Delaney has been tournament for more than a year.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has contract an exploratory committee and Representative Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she drive run for president.
More than a dozen potential Democratic candidates are survey a possible run for president in 2020.
Moderates and progressives in the party have been wrangling about how to best challenge Trump, the likely Republican nominee.
Barack Obama’s ex- vice-president Joe Biden told a seminar at London’s Chatham House survive year he was not one of them – but coyly added: “Yet”.
During his speech Mr Biden also fixed out California senator Kamala Harris as a possible contender, while Mr Castro’s guy Texan Beto O’Rourke has also been urged to run.
Some Democrats suppose an establishment figure such as Mr Biden, who can appeal to centrist voters, is the way to win rear the White House.
Others contend a fresh face is needed to energise the defender’s increasingly left-leaning base.
Mr Castro, who was considered on the short list to be Hillary Clinton’s on-going mate in the 2016 election, has been out of the political spotlight for the past two years, at a pro tempore when politics has become all-consuming across America.
Mark Jones, a administrative analyst at Rice University in Houston, who has followed Mr Castro’s career, try to says despite this, his chances of securing the nomination in what is certain to be a crowded mtier are slim at best.
Mr Jones said: ”Julian Castro shouldn’t be counted out wholly.
“That said, his star is definitely not rising anymore, and the sun may be setting on the presidential avidities of Julian Castro.”
Mr Castro would be the first identical twin elected president.
His twin kin, Joaquin Castro, is a member of the US House of Representatives from Texas. Joaquin Castro’s stance on the House Intelligence Committee has made him a frequent public critic of the president.