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He’s a twin. He’s been a big-city Texas mayor and cabinet secretary. He was on Hillary Clinton’s short list. And now he’s running for president.
John C Moritz, USA Today Network

SAN ANTONIO  – Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro plans a rally in his hometown of San Antonio Wednesday to counter any momentum generated by President Donald Trump, who is spending the day in Texas for a series of fundraisers and a policy event.

Perhaps the former San Antonio mayor and former Obama administration Cabinet secretary is hoping to replicate the enthusiasm generated by Beto O’Rourke when the president staged a campaign-style event in El Paso in February.

Here are a few things to know about Castro as he seeks to break from a crowded Democratic field that includes fellow Texan O’Rourke and some 15 others hoping to face Trump in November 2020.

Making the rounds

Castro, 44, announced his candidacy at a San Antonio rally in January. He has stepped up his visibility in recent weeks, appearing on several cable news talk shows and sitting for a one-on-one interview Friday night with Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, which tends to draw a left-leaning audience.

That appearance generated some buzz when Castro literally called B.S., but didn’t abbreviate, when Maher downplayed the controversy surrounding for Vice President Joe Biden’s tendency to get perhaps a little too touchy-feely. Castro said it was a serious matter for the former vice president who is expected to join the race “because women have been told to just be quiet about stuff like this.” 

“It’s b——- that people say they can get away with it by just laughing it off,” Castro told the host.

(Fair warning: The clip below contains profanity).

Castro: Send money, please

Castro, who was a prime-time speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, has never run for office outside San Antonio and has not cracked the top tier of the Democratic field. To shake things up, he needs to wrangle himself a spot in the first presidential debate in June.

But to qualify for a place on the stage, he needs to collect campaign donations from at least 65,000 individual donors.

Castro is on the road

Castro recently completed a campaign trip to California that included stops besides the appearance on Real Time. He is scheduled to visit Wisconsin for remarks at a state Democratic event on Saturday.

After that, he’ll make his third trip to Iowa, which holds the first caucus of the 2020 campaign.

His first appearance after the San Antonio rally will be Thursday night in a televised townhall on CNN town hall hosted by Don Lemon at 8 p.m. EDT.

About the San Antonio rally

Doors open at 6 p.m. CDT at Mexico Plaza, Hamisfair Park, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way.

The program gets under way at 7 p.m.

Trump will have been long gone by then. His final event in San Antonio was to start at 1 p.m. From there, he heads to Houston.

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  • Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announces his candidacy for President of the United States in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 12, 2019. 1 of 10
  • Supporters hold up signs as Julian Castro announces his candidacy for president of the United States in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 12, 2019. 2 of 10
  • Supporters hold up signs as Julian Castro announces his candidacy for president.3 of 10
  • Former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks during an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in San Antonio.4 of 10
  • Julian Castro, center right, is embraced by his twin brother U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), center left, during an event where Julian Castro announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.5 of 10
  • A young boy peeks under a banner as he watches Julian Castro make his announcement.6 of 10
  • Julian Castro speaks during an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.7 of 10
  • Julian Castro, center, greets supporters.8 of 10
  • Julian Castro, front left, waves as he arrives with his family.9 of 10
  • Supporters cheer for former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.10 of 10

 

 

 

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