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Fools Rush In? Unknowns Julian Castro & Tulsi Gabbard Jump Into 2020

The former HUD secretary and the House back-bencher will need a near-miracle to come out on top in the crowded Democratic presidential primary.

By NTK Staff | 01.14.2019 @9:45am
Fools Rush In? Unknowns Julian Castro & Tulsi Gabbard Jump Into 2020

Two young, little-known Democratic politicians threw their respective hats in the ring to be their party’s presidential nominee this weekend. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) made her announcement Friday evening during an interview taping, and Castro hosted a rally in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas on Saturday.

Castro, 44, served in President Obama’s Cabinet as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. His announcement event made clear he is targeting Obama’s winning coalition:

The former Housing and Urban Development secretary’s bid is a play for the Obama coalition, the amalgamation of diverse constituencies — young, African-American, Latino, Asian — that the party sees as its future in a demographically changing America. As a Mexican-American and one of the youngest candidates in the crowded Democratic field, Castro’s potential appeal to the voters who elected Barack Obama to two terms is obvious, even if his path to victory is harder to envision.

Gabbard’s path is entirely different. She told CNN’s Van Jones during a taping of his show that she is running and making a formal announcement “within the next week.”

Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress.

“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve,” she said, listing health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change as key platform issues.

Gabbard, 37, first took office in 2013 and gained national prominence in 2015 when she was vocally critical of the way in which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was running the Democratic National Committee. Gabbard, a DNC vice chair at the time, was a Bernie Sanders backer and called out Wasserman Schultz for perceived bias toward Hillary Clinton.

While Castro is clearly gunning for the Obama coalition, Gabbard’s path to victory is more of an outsider track. The problem for both of them is that better known and more prominent candidates in each of those molds are likely to get into the race in short order.

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