Monday, May 18, 2015

Julian Castro at the top of Clinton's VP list?

By Richard Barry

The Republican Party is no doubt proud of itself for having Hispanic candidates like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz running for the GOP presidential nomination, as it should be. And then there's Jeb Bush and however it is he positions himself as Hispanic-friendly. Republicans needed to do something about their woeful performance among Hispanic voters in 2102, and perhaps they have, although in my mind a candidate's heritage is less important than whether they will actually support policies that aid those they are trying to court. But that's me.

With this in mind, it was interesting to read that a former Clinton administration official is going around saying "Hillary Clinton will pick Julian Castro as her running mate if she wins the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination."
"What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton's campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who used to be the Mayor of San Antonio," Henry Cisneros, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Bill Clinton, said Sunday on Univision's "Al Punto" program.

"They don't have a second option, because he is the superior candidate considering his record, personality, demeanor and Latin heritage," Cisneros added.

"I think there is a very high possibility that Hillary Clinton may choose Julian Castro,” he said.

Castro has been the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since July 28, 2014 and served three terms as the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 to 2014.

You may recall that he was widely praised for his keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

His name has been out there for a while as a potential Clinton pick, so this is no great surprise. It's just amusing to think that the Republicans could be trumped in this way with an Hispanic candidate a "heart beat away from the presidency," unless of course Rubio or Cruz win the GOP nomination, a long shot at best.

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  • Should the Republicans really be proud to have Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz? They are both conservative Cubans. There is no immigration issue for Cubans in this country. If they get here, they can stay. I also have a hard time seeing them as anything but "white," given that they are whiter than I am (and I don't go out in the sun). The Republicans also have women in the party, even as they fight against women's rights. I don't know. It just doesn't seem to me like it says anything good about the Republican Party to have this kind of homogeneous "diversity."

    But Julian Castro would be good.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 5:06 PM  

  • Julian Castro would be a good pick, but a "Clinton/Castro" bumper sticker in certain parts of Miami would go over like a lead pastelito.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 3:58 AM  

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