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Julián Castro, former Obama Cabinet member, announces 2020 presidential run

Julián Castro, former Obama Cabinet member, announces 2020 presidential run

Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of Housing and Urban Development, formally announced his 2020 presidential campaign Saturday, joining what will be a very crowded field.

Castro, one of the most high-profile Democrats to ever seek the party's presidential nomination, announced his campaign in San Antonio, according to the New York Times.

"When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I'm sure that she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America," Castro said.

Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are also widely expected to join the race in the coming months.

Castro's identical twin brother, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), will serve as campaign chairman, Castro's campaign said.

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