Joaquín Castro said on Thursday that his brother, Julián Castro, would be running for president in 2020.
“I’ll speak on his behalf here, he’s going to run for president,” Joaquín Castro told Stephen Colbert after the host egged Julián Castro on about announcing a potential bid for the White House.
Julián Castro smiled and pointed at his brother, but did not deny the statement.
TONIGHT: Is @JulianCastro running for president? His brother Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx has the answer. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/EVOJmwdsqQ
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 14, 2018
Julián Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, set up an exploratory committee on Wednesday to test out his possible candidacy.
“Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness. We’re ready to keep our promises, and we’re not going to wait. We’re going to work,” Castro had said in a video statement posted on a website for the committee.
“That’s why I’m exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”
Julián Castro said he planned to make an official decision about running on Jan. 12.
If he were to run, Julián Castro would likely face a crowded field for the Democratic nomination. Likely contenders also include former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Tx.).
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