Castro, 44, is a generation younger than potential competitors like Senators Bernie Sanders, 77, and Elizabeth Warren, 69, as well as former vice president Joe Biden, 76
Former San Antonio mayor and Obama administration official Julian Castro formally announced he’ll run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, attempting to get an early jump on what’s shaping up as a crowded field of candidates.
Castro has been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party — he was a contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 — but he’ll be entering a race that’s likely to include candidates with higher national profiles and well-established fundraising operations.
“We’re going to make sure that the promise of America is available to everyone,” Castro said before a cheering crowd on Saturday in his home town of San Antonio, Texas.
Castro took the first step toward a run in December when he formed an exploratory committee that allowed him to raise and spend a limited amount of money to test whether he can generate support for an official bid.
Democrats are piling on for the opportunity to take on President Donald Trump, whose job approval rating halfway through his four-year term hovers around 42 per cent, according to a Real Clear Politics survey of recent polls.
At 44, Castro will be one of the youngest candidates, a generation younger than potential competitors like Senators Bernie Sanders, 77, and Elizabeth Warren, 69, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden, 76.

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