Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Jay Inslee, and nearly two-dozen other potential candidates are thought to be likely to enter the primaries soon, too. Former Maryland Representative John Delaney also has formally entered the race.
At a time when the federal government has been partly shut down over Trump's demand for funds to build a wall on the Mexican border, Castro sounded a contrasting message.
Should Castro win the Democratic nomination and eventual presidency, he would become one of the youngest Americans to ever hold the White House, and he would be the first Hispanic to do so. In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met with Donald Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide. "Donald Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation ... and the cruel policies of this administration are doing real and lasting harm". "And there is no way in hell that caging babies is a smart and humane way to do it".
"As president, my first executive order will recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord", Castro vowed, referencing the worldwide deal that Trump ditched just months after taking office. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, is planning a bid, too.
"I am not a front runner in this race, but I have not been a front runner at any time in my life", he said.Mr. Castro, who tapped his twin brother, Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, to serve as his campaign chairman, drew headlines last week for bringing up the possibility of a 90 percent tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. The Spanish-style plaza in the Castro twins' boyhood neighborhood was packed with supporters who streamed through the gates between a mariachi band. Speaking to the crowd on San Antonio's predominantly Hispanic and working class West-Side, Castro urged political observers to not count him out. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate bid previous year, is also weighing a run and has been on the rise in very early polls.
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Since announcing formation of an exploratory committee in December, Mr Castro has begun to stake out positions on policy debates that will dominate the nominating contests that kick off early next year.
Castro comes from a family of politicians and activist.
Tim Kaine was eventually selected to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential race, and the Republicans won.
Castro has a lot of work to do to introduce himself to Americans - or reminding them who he is.
Castro's strong oratory skills, experience as Barack Obama's housing secretary and as mayor of the nation's seventh largest city, not to mention his telegenic charisma, could help propel the Texas native into the top tier.
Neither Gonzalez nor Reyes were sure what impact former congressman Beto O'Rourke, a fellow Texan, would have on Castro's chances were he to run.
Laying out other key components of his campaign platform, Castro noted his support for Medicare for All and his rejection of corporate political action committee (PAC) money as well as his dedication to taking action to address the global climate crisis.