Secretary Julian Castro Discusses the Presidential Race and the Prospects of a Ticket with Elizabeth Warren
SAN ANTONIO (October 29, 2019) – Secretary Julian Castro, former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary and current Presidential candidate, talks to Brad Jenkins on his PodcastOne show, Fired Up!, about the campaign and being America’s favorite twin.
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Jenkins interviewed Secretary Castro in his campaign headquarters in San Antonio just a week before Castro’s self-imposed fundraising deadline. Secretary Castro has put out a fundraising call, and if unable to make his goal, he will drop out of the race. Jenkins and Castro discuss this decision, and Castro’s hopes of pushing the needle on important issues such as immigration, housing, police brutality, and homelessness.
Additionally, Castro talks in-depth about his relationship with his twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, as it has been both competitive and nourishing, as well as the impact his family has had on his work. Below are a few excerpts from the episode, available now on PodcastOne and Apple Podcasts.
Secretary Julian Castro Not Shying Away from Difficult Topics
Castro: "I made a decision early in this campaign that I was going to tell the truth about a lot of issues, even if people don't necessarily like to hear what we need to hear... You have to ask, 'Why me?' And if you’re going to run, 'Why is it worth running?' And that’s why I’ve been so forthright and so bold and fearless on these issues… like police brutality and immigration, that often times even Democrats are running away from. But at the same time, we see the videos of what’s happening in America, and of what's happening at the border, and we need to speak up. And I’ve tried to do that - not in a throwing bombs way - but in a constructive way. Putting out plans on how we would deal with this if I’m president."
Relationship with Senator Elizabeth Warren
Jenkins: “I feel like there’s a collegiality that you guys [Sec. Castro and Sen. Warren] are really aligned policy wise. Is that real? Am I just making that up? What’s that term Gen Z uses? ‘Shipping?’ We’re ‘shipping’ Warren and Castro.”
Castro: “Senator Warren is probably the person I’ve spoken to the most in terms of other candidates. We’ve sat down a couple of times, and when we see each other at the debates and other events. I think the world of her. And I think she’s fantastic.”
Secretary Julian Castro's Campaign
Castro: “We’re at this crucial moment in the campaign where we have to raise $800,000 at the end of the month, October 31st, basically to be viable in this campaign… I’m not taking any PAC money. I have one of the highest percentages of low dollar donations - no federal lobbyist money - but that means I’m counting on the people of the country. I’ve been really proud that we’ve had a lot of grassroots support, and I hope we can get that in the next few days.”
To listen to the episode, visit: https://www.podcastone.com/fired-up-with-brad-jenkins & https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fired-up-with-brad-jenkins/id1470169807.