SAN ANTONIO – Surrounded by supporters, former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro announced his race for the presidency on Saturday and became the third major declared democratic candidate for 2020.
"We shall make sure the promise of America is available For everyone in this 21st century, "he told the audience.
Stanford University and Harvard Law School graduated in his hometown, serving as Mayor of 2009-2014. His term ceased when former President Barack Obama knocked on him to become HUD secretary.
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Nevertheless, Castro cried out his experience in the nation's seventh largest city as a testament to his leadership ability and why he would make history as the country's first Latin American President.
He outlined climate change and universal health care as some of his main priorities.
Castro, who stopped in Iowa and Las Vegas days before his announcement, is now joining what may be a crowded democratic field. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts launched a preparatory committee on December 31
Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is already running for President and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said in an interview on Friday that she decided to run to the White House.
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If he wins, Castro would not only be the first Latino president. In just 44 years, he would be one of the youngest Americans to hold the seat.
But critics say that the long list of hopefuls could easily obscure Texas natives.
"People here in San Antonio obviously know him … but if you come out of Texas and you ask a regular citizen on the street, and you say, Julian Castro, they will probably say who?" Arredondo, a member of the Republican club in Bexar County.
"Julian Castro has made history by becoming one of the greatest light weights ever to run the president," said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens in a statement. He was a weak mayor who could not even handle HUD secretaries. This is obviously just another desperate attempt to become someone else's ongoing friend. "
While Castro was well-known in Texas politics, he was launched into the national spotlight when he delivered the 2012 century to the Democratic National Convention. After completing his term as HUD Secretary, Castro moved as a potential vice presidential candidate to earlier State Secretary Hillary Clinton but transferred to Virgina Senator Tim Kaine.
Since then, Castro's time in the national spotlight has slowed down why Texas A&M University San Antonio political science professor, Andrew Sanders, says Castro's early announcement is a good move.  ELIZABETH WARREN CHILDREN'S STORIES IOWA AMID 2020 PUSH, SAYING TO RETURN PEOPLE POLICY
"He's been out of the limelight for a while now. His experience in the government is somewhat limited compared to some of the other names that are likely to appear in the field. So it's probably a wise move for him to get his name out there, Sanders says.
But Castro's supporters believe that the three-year-old mayor has what it takes to cope with the country's highest public office.
"He is the epitome of the American dream … Julian is pushing a man there and he wants to win. And at all stages of his life he has been a winner. And he will do what it takes to win the election, says political strategist Christian Archer, who led Castro's successful run to mayor.
Castro emphasized the conservation of housing, investment in new affordable housing and efforts
As Mayor, Castro Pre-K 4 SA passed , an elite pre-K program, which has become a signature for the candidate.
However, others have beaten Castro's actions as for extreme.
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" Voices outside San Antonio and Texas must be aware that Castro left the city deep in debt, with an inflated bureaucracy … Julian Castro can be described as a Spanish version of Obama, says George Rodriguez, Republican Party Spokeswoman n in Bexar County.
Archer acknowledges that Castro's campaign will face challenges, but he has high hopes.  "I think he has a long way to go. But then this is the next generation's leader, and I think if people take a moment and listen to Julian Castro, what he did before, but more importantly what his vision is for the future, I think he will fire, "said Archer.