Former Obama official and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro has announced he is “likely” to run for President in 2020.
Castro hopes to finalize his decision after midterm elections.
If he does run, he will likely join a crowded field that is predicted to include Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.
At this point in the four-year presidential election cycle — weeks before the midterms — most potential candidates play coy when asked about their plans to run for president. But in an interview with Yahoo Finance, Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, was unusually open about his political ambitions, saying it is “likely” he will launch a White House bid.
“I want to be straightforward with folks,” said on Yahoo Finance’s “Market Movers” Wednesday. “I’m seriously considering it.”
Castro said that he will make a “final decision” after the Nov. 6 elections.
If he runs, Castro, 44, will probably be the youngest serious candidate in the race. Sen. Bernie Sanders (77), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (76), former Vice President Joe Biden (75), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (69), Sen. Kamala Harris (53), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (51), Sen. Cory Booker (49) and lawyer Michael Avenatti (47) are all older. “I disagree with people who say that we have no Democratic bench,” Castro said.
As a former mayor, Castro said, he has a “lot of respect” for Bloomberg.
“He was mayor when I was mayor in San Antonio,” Castro said. “And I know he was doing some fantastic work that other cities were able to learn from.”
“I’m sure that whoever’s in that Democratic primary, as is the nature of politics, the contrasts are going to become clearer,” Castro said. “But I think the good news for Democrats is that we have a lot of talented folks.”