As the 2020 presidential election heats up, Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, is making his case for why he would best serve the Democratic agenda. Castro announced his candidacy earlier this month and says that he is best qualified to lead the party in a campaign against President Donald Trump. In addition to his tenure as mayor of San Antonio, the Texas native points to his experience in the Obama Administration as proof of his high qualifications for the role of commander in chief. Castro served in the White House as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017.
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Castro says that his tenure as a civil servant has showed him first hand the daily struggle of average Americans. Castro believes that his prior achievements resonate with most Americans and says that the cornerstone of his campaign is the advancement of progressive policies to help the middle class and low-income earners. Among the issues Castro is most concerned about are universal pre-k programs, expanding Medicare for all Americans, and investigating police violence against African Americans. Castro is also a strong believer in climate change. If elected, Castro promises to return the United States to the Paris climate agreement, a series of accords intended to minimize the damage greenhouse gases do to the environment. In 2017, the Trump Administration made the highly controversial move to withdraw the United States from the agreement.
In a rally at Mercado 369, a Dallas museum and cultural center, Castro told those in attendance that Donald Trump has failed the American people. In his sharp indictment of the president, Castro says that Trump’s ego has harmed the country. Calling for new leadership, Castro pointed to the recent government shutdown as proof that Trump cares more about pleasing his base than caring for the American people. Castro is just one of numerous Democrats vying for the party’s nomination. Among the top contenders looking to unseat Trump are Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. While these candidates have already announced their intention to run or have formed exploratory committees, former Vice President Joe Biden remains the favorite among voters for the Democratic nomination. Beto O’Rourke is also a big name considering a run at the party’s nomination. O’Rourke achieved national recognition in his recent campaign to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz.