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  Julián Castro forms presidential exploratory committee, sets Jan. 12 announcement
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 31, 2018 11:18am
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AuthorPatrick Svitek
News DateWednesday, December 12, 2018 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSAN ANTONIO – Julián Castro is taking another step toward a 2020 presidential campaign.

The former housing secretary and San Antonio mayor announced Wednesday that he has formed an exploratory committee, Julián for the Future, to consider a bid and will make an announcement Jan. 12 in San Antonio. Castro has made little secret of his intentions, saying in recent weeks that he is likely to join what is expected to be a crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I'm definitely leaning a certain direction," Castro said with a laugh while speaking with reporters Wednesday afternoon inside his San Antonio home. "You guys gotta give me a little mystery here."

Castro may not be the only Texan who ends up in the race to unseat Republican President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso is being urged to run after his closer-than-expected November race against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. And O'Rourke has loomed large over Castro's 2020 preparations in recent weeks.
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