Julián Castro, who served as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017 under the Obama administration, recently confirmed his possible run for the presidency in 2020.
In response to a question about whether or not he’d make a play for the oval office, he told a crowd at the University of Texas in Austin last weekend, “I might.” During the event, organized by Voto Latino—a non-profit promoting civic engagement and voter participation in Latino communities—Castro’s presidential aspirations were on full display when he launched a bold critique of the current administration. “We’ve had too much lying out of the White House,” the former mayor of San Antonio said, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
“This administration is a disaster on so many issues. This is just not working,” Castro told the local paper. Steadying his aim at the commander-in-chief, he added: “He’s completely in over his head.”
According to Politico, Castro recently launched a PAC and is currently writing an autobiography ahead of a possible run for the highest office. (Castro’s brother Joaquin, a congressman in Texas’s 20th district, is weighing a 2018 run for the governorship of the Lone Star State.)
Before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chose Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate, the 43-year-old politician was on her short list of alternative vice presidential contenders.
Castro is the second person of Latin descent to be named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the United States. Democrat Henry Cisneros was the first Latino to hold the post from 1993 to 1997 during the Clinton Administration.
Translated by Thatiana Diaz