Former Housing and City Growth Secretary Julián Castro (D) introduced Saturday that he’ll launch a bid for the White Home in 2020.

“I’m a candidate for President of america of America,” he mentioned.

Castro, 44, had lengthy been rumored to be within the operating for president, after sitting out the 2018 Texas gubernatorial and Senate elections.

The previous Obama-era housing chief introduced final month that he was forming an exploratory committee for a doable 2020 run. If elected, he can be the nation’s first Hispanic president.

Castro used his speech Saturday to solid himself as a progressive candidate on points akin to well being care and local weather change, whereas blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpAnalyst says Trump’s base will assist him if he backs off wall funding demand ‘Inexperienced E-book’ author apologizes for Islamophobic tweet: ‘I’ll do higher’ Ballot finds Trump’s approval ranking at 44 p.c amid shutdown MORE over his immigration insurance policies and strikes on the border.

“There’s a disaster at the moment, it is a disaster of management. Donald Trump has didn’t uphold the values of our nice nation,” he mentioned.

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Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroYes, Trump has authority to declare nationwide emergency for border wall High Dem: ‘I anticipate the president to misinform the American individuals’ in primetime deal with Main Latino group strikes its conference to Puerto Rico MORE (D-Texas) acknowledged in introducing his twin brother Saturday that he would be a part of a crowded Democratic discipline, however pitched him as the most suitable choice.

“I do know that along with your assist and assist we now have the perfect candidate with the perfect concepts and the largest coronary heart,” he mentioned.

The timing of Julián Castro’s announcement, which he made in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, coincided with two vital conventions within the Latino political world.

Daring PAC — the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s (CHC) marketing campaign arm — and the Latino Victory Fund maintain their conventions in Puerto Rico this weekend. Castro’s twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), is the chairman of the CHC.

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The Latino vote’s inventory in Democratic primaries is up for 2020, as main date shifts have favored the rising demographic.

Latino voters will play a key position within the early Nevada caucuses, in addition to Texas and California — the states with the nation’s two greatest Latino populations.

He joins what’s more likely to be a crowded Democratic presidential discipline.

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHouse approves new Dem guidelines package deal Democrats are making a listing, checking it twice WHIP LIST: Who’s out and in within the 2020 race MORE (D-Hawaii) mentioned Friday that she has determined to run for president in 2020. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenProgressive activist says O’Rourke, others Instagram Stay posts might be a distraction Kerry to Trump: Overlook ‘fictional’ border disaster, declare emergency for local weather Scarborough asks Kamala Harris query that ‘doomed’ Ted Kennedy’s presidential run: ‘Why would you need to be president?’ MORE (D-Mass.) introduced an exploratory committee for 2020 and others, akin to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBradley Whitford: ‘Trump turned my hair white’ Firefighters union chief says members are drawn to Biden Scarborough asks Kamala Harris query that ‘doomed’ Ted Kennedy’s presidential run: ‘Why would you need to be president?’ MORE (D-Calif.), are anticipated to leap in quickly. 

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Castro might face some dwelling state competitors, as former Rep. Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Giuliani says Trump workforce must be allowed to ‘appropriate’ Mueller report | Trump nearer to declaring nationwide emergency | Congress approves again pay for federal staff Progressive activist says O’Rourke, others Instagram Stay posts might be a distraction Firefighters union chief says members are drawn to Biden MORE, who narrowly misplaced his bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOprah to interview Beto O’Rourke in Occasions Sq. subsequent month Progressive activist says O’Rourke, others Instagram Stay posts might be a distraction Cruz: ‘Schumer-Pelosi response was probably the most horrifying issues I’ve seen’ MORE (R) in November, is broadly believed to be contemplating a run for the White Home.

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