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  Julián Castro Gives His Clearest Signal Yet He’s Running in 2020
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Last EditedEastTexasDem  Oct 16, 2018 01:14pm
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News DateTuesday, October 16, 2018 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Obama whose 2012 Democratic National Convention speech transformed him into a national leader overnight, is a hard man to keep track of.

For months, the 44-year-old Castro has been hopscotching between Nevada, Florida, Arizona and other battleground states to campaign for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms. He dutifully trekked to the Iowa State Fair in August for a turn on the famous political soapbox. Last weekend, Castro was back in Iowa to stump for Democrat J.D. Scholten, who is challenging alt-right-winger and neo-Nazi sympathizer Rep. Steve King (R-IA). On the eve of his visit, King lashed out at Castro and his twin brother, Joaquin, a congressman who represents San Antonio, tweeting that they “took Spanish lessons to qualify as retroactive Hispanics.” Castro brushed off the vitriol. “He knows that a lot of folks are dissatisfied with the job he’s doing. He’s just reaching for anything he can to distract from that.”

Somewhere in all of this Castro is promoting a new book, An Unlikely Journey: Waking up from My American Dream, the sort of get-to-know-me memoir widely seen as a prerequisite for a presidential run. Castro spoke with Rolling Stone for an hour and a half about his life story so far, why Latino voters aren’t fired up to vote in 2018 and why the Democratic Party must change to survive.

On the subject of his presidential aspirations, he gave the clearest indication yet about his plans for 2020. “I’m likely to do it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’ll make a final decision after November, but I’m inclined to do it.”
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