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Julián Castro for President 2020

On Thursday, January 2, 2019, presidential candidate, former Obama Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julián Castro, announced that he would immediately suspend his campaign for President of the United States.

In a video released Thursday morning, Secretary Castro thanked supporters, and highlighted the campaign’s efforts to stand up for vulnerable communities, the poor, and those left out of the political process. 

Pictured: Screenshot from the January 2, 2020 video in which Julián Castro announced he would immediately suspend his campaign for President of the United States.

Pictured: Screenshot from the January 2, 2020 video in which Julián Castro announced he would immediately suspend his campaign for President of the United States.

“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,” said Secretary Castro in the video. “But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I have determined that it simply isn’t our time.” The video concludes, “So today it’s with a heavy heart and with profound gratitude, that I will suspend my campaign for president. To all who have been inspired by our campaign, especially our young people, keep reaching for your dreams — and keep fighting for what you believe in. ¡Ganaremos un día!”

On Thursday at 9:00 PM EST, Secretary Castro will travel to New York to interview in-studio on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

About Secretary Julián Castro
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time.

In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. In 2018, Castro founded Opportunity First, an organization to invest in the next generation of progressive leaders. In October 2018, Little, Brown published Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. On January 12, 2019, Secretary Castro announced his candidacy for President of the United States. 

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