White House hopeful Julian Castro said that the 2020 presidential primary field can accommodate two Texas Democrats.
Julian Castro who is a an American Democratic politician, served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. He was also a running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Castro is now gearing up for the run in the 2020 presidential election.
Beto O’Rourke will also run for President in the upcoming election. He is an American politician and businessman serving as the US Representative for the 16th congressional district of Texas since 2013. In 2018, O’Rourke was the Democratic Party nominee for the Texas Senate race and lost to current Republican Ted Cruz.
When NBC News’ “Meet The Press” asked Castro whether there was enough room in the race for himself and party mate, he said, “Oh, I have no doubt… There are going to be a whole bunch of folks that are running this time.”
Castro said of the 46-year-old O’Rourke, “He’s a very talented, very impressive guy. My brother Joaquin and I were proud to support him when he ran against Ted Cruz, and I think that there are probably going to be 20 people up on that first debate stage.”
Texas Observer’s Christopher Hooks criticized that Castro and O’Rourke should focus on turning Texas into a purple state rather than pursue their own presidential mission.
Hooks wrote last month in a piece titled “Dear Beto and Julian, please don’t run for president.” He said, “Good Democratic candidates can win. There’s work to be done here and it’s important work. Run for president, and the message is that you’re not especially interested in that. And, just maybe, Texans shouldn’t be that interested in you.”
In an interview, Castro said that he is only focused on “strong vision for country’s future,” and not on defeating statewide Republican Senator John Cornyn in 2020.
Julian Castro said, “I’m sure there are going to be great candidates that will run not only against John Cornyn, but in 2022 for governor and other statewide offices, and so that’s not what I’m focused on.”