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Julian Castro to kick off his 2020 "Vice-Presidential" campaign in New Hampshire on Friday.

Discussion in 'Killingsworth Court, Formerly The General Forum' started by Nick Danger, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. #1 Nick Danger, Feb 9, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
    Julian Castro's 2020 campaign will kick off in New Hampshire next Friday with a speech to the New Hampshire Young Democrats. It's being hyped by the media as the start of an anticipated Presidential campaign in 2020 but i'd like to offer up an alternative motive.

    As I can't believe that Castro actually believes he could win a Democratic primary against Biden, Sanders, Warren, et al. I think he's actually setting himself up for a Vice-Presidential campaign based on the meme that he's the young, fresh face of the Democratic Party (he's only 42), replete with "young, fresh ideas".

    If Joe Biden, as anticipated if he runs, promises to only serve a 4 year term, while prepping a young VP successor, Castro may be trying to set himself up to land that role by making more of a name for himself by running for President than he would by sitting at home for four years. Imagine all that seasoning he'd get by being on stage in all those primary debates, not to mention all that air time to hone his political skills and get his face out there. And how about if he actually won a primary or two!

    By playing up the notion that he's the young fresh face of the party (why do you think he's speaking to the New Hampshire Young Democrats), he would probably jump to the head of the line of potential VP candidates as all the other potential VP candidates are older (Cory Booker is 61! and Kamala Harris, the other top VP candidate' will be 60 in 2024!)

    Julian Castro on 2020 and turning Texas Blue

  2. Apparently, this guy agrees with me . . . .

    Julian Castro's road to the White House begins in Arizona

    From the article . . . .
  3. #3 Nick Danger, Jul 10, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018
    Interesting article about Julian Castro apparently taking his de facto Vice-Presidential campaign to Iowa of all places! ;)

    Well looky here, Julian Castro is headed to Iowa!

    And it looks like he was able to squeeze in that speech with the Iowa College & Young Democrats. He really seems to be pushing this "young, fresh face" meme. He also spoke with the New Hampshire Young Democrats at one of their events earlier this year.

    Iowa Young Democrats!
  4. #4 Nick Danger, Jul 21, 2018 at 3:31 PM
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2018 at 3:44 PM
    CNN recently put out this Top 20 Democratic 2020 candidates! list but it doesn't include Julian Castro, who has plans to run as well. You would think that isn't good news for the former San Antonio mayor but if you drill down a little deeper into the article you'll find a couple of "good news" items.

    First, you'll notice that the article gives credence to the idea that both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will run. Castro, who they view as more of a moderate centrist (not to mention a corporate Clintonista), isn't particularly well liked by the Democratic "far-left" and by having the two self-proclaimed "Democratic Socialists" leaders both running, that will essentially split the progressive vote in those states where those type of folks are concentrated, giving Julian a better shot at finishing first or second in those state primaries with a sizable Hispanic population.

    Also, the second (out of four) big voting blocks in the Democratic party is the black vote and this article is saying that that vote could be split as well in the primaries as Kamala Harris and Corey Booker and Eric Holder all plan to run and just like with the progressive voters, this could give Castro, who will have the increasingly strong Hispanic vote pretty much all to himself, a better chance of finishing a strong first or second in those states.

    Having Julian Castro do "surprisingly well" in a number of these primaries will only help his de facto Vice-Presidential effort. Admittedly, it will take an almost "perfect storm" but we'll see! :cool:

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