Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro Ends Presidential Campaign

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro suspended his presidential bid Thursday.
Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro suspended his presidential bid Thursday. Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, ended his presidential campaign Thursday morning.

Castro, the only remaining Texan in the race, announced the news Thursday morning on Twitter, pledging to "keep fighting for an America where everyone counts."

In a video posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Castro highlighted several of the issues he discussed during the campaign, including education, immigration and police brutality against black men.

"I'm so proud of the campaign we've run together. We've shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten," Castro said in the video. "But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I've determined that it simply isn't our time."

At one point, Castro, the only Latino in the race, was one of two Texans who were seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke dropped out of the race in November.

The former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Castro ran on a progressive platform, advocating for policies such as universal pre-K and immigration reform.

Castro clashed with O'Rourke during the first Democratic debate in June over the issue of decriminalizing cases in which people cross the U.S.-Mexico border without permission. Castro said O'Rourke was focusing too heavily on asylum-seekers without discussing broader protections for migrants who weren't seeking asylum, and suggested he had not done his "homework" on the issue.
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Silas Allen has been the Dallas Observer's news editor since March 2019. Before coming to Dallas, he worked as a reporter and editor at the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He's a Missouri native and a graduate of the University of Missouri.
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