Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Julián Castro endorses Warren for president

Former presidential candidate Julián Castro, who dropped out of the race last week, threw his support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren today.

Castro, who was Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama, made the announcement in a video. He said he and Warren “share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people — not the wealthy or well-connected — are put first.” He also mentions the “strong women” — his grandmother and mother — who raised him.

“Elizabeth and I share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people⁠—not the wealthy or well-connected⁠—are put first. I’m proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change” he said. Warren was an early adopter of an immigration proposal that Castro issued at the start of his campaign.

Castro proposed taking immigration back to a time when crossing the border illegally was a civil, not a criminal, violation. Castro, the only Latino in the race, could be a help to Warren in attracting Latino votes and the endorsement could put him on her short list for a vice presidential running mate.

Elizabeth Warren raised $21 million in the last quarter, less than what she raised the previous quarter and less than the other race leaders, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Like Warren, Castro issued very detailed policy plans and has been seen as progressive with an agenda that brought attention to the poor, minority communities and marginalized populations.

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