Not the TX Candidate Dems Had in Mind: Julian Castro ‘Very Likely’ Running for President Not the TX Candidate Dems Had in Mind: Julian Castro ‘Very Likely’ Running for President – NTK Network

Not the TX Candidate Dems Had in Mind: Julian Castro ‘Very Likely’ Running for President

Castro’s biggest hurdle could be an intra-state foe: Beto O’Rourke, who has better name ID and is already a proven fundraiser.

By NTK Staff | 11.29.2018 @3:00pm
Not the TX Candidate Dems Had in Mind: Julian Castro ‘Very Likely’ Running for President

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told NBC News that he is “very likely, likely, whatever terms you want to use” running for president in 2020.

Awkward announcement wording aside, Castro would almost certainly face a very uphill climb to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. A full slate of better-known, more experienced candidates are likely running, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Other names in the mix include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and a fellow Texan, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who just lost a statewide U.S. Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) by just three percentage points.

Still, Castro apparently thinks he sees an opening. Given the clumsy wording of his quotes to NBC News, Castro could likely benefit from some media training:

“The season is almost upon us, it’s no secret, people see out there that you will probably have a whole bunch of folks who are running in 2020,” he said.

“The voters are going to want to see a whole bunch of folks up there with new ideas, different experiences and feel like everybody’s voice was heard. Afterward, the Democratic nominee in 2020 will be stronger because of that.”

The biggest problem for the San Antonio native could very well be O’Rourke. Conventional wisdom would say Castro’s starting point for launching an already-underdog campaign would be with his home-state donors in Texas. O’Rourke’s rising star could cause Castro to rethink that strategy, if the El Paso congressman decides to run and Texas Democrats are “Team Beto” from the start.

O’Rourke finished in third place in a recent 2020 poll of Democrats nationally. Castro, on the other hand, earned one percent in that poll.

Still, despite Castro’s presidential bid being a longshot, it’s not altogether unexpected. Last year, he and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), publicly quibbled over which one of them would get to run for president and which would run for governor.

How either Castro plans on achieving those goals is not yet clear.

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