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HUD Secretary Julián Castro Endorses Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton talks with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro after both spoke at an event in March.
Hillary Clinton talks with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro after both spoke at an event in March.

Clinton-Castro 2016?

Julián Castro endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday. The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the second Obama Cabinet official to endorse Clinton — even as Vice President Biden is still considering getting in the race. (Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also endorsed Clinton earlier this year.)

Castro would likely be on the vice-presidential short lists for whomever wins the Democratic nomination.

"I am really going to look hard at him for anything, because that is how good he is," Clinton said in Texas when asked by Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, if Castro would make a good vice president.

This summer, Castro said he was flattered by talk that he could be vice president. On MSNBC Thursday, he demurred, "Oh, I doubt that will happen."

The endorsement comes the same day as a "Latinos for Hillary" rally in San Antonio, Texas, the city where Castro launched his political career and was a popular mayor until joining the Obama administration.

The Castro endorsement is significant, though not necessarily surprising. His twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, recently campaigned for Clinton in Iowa.

Castro said on MSNBC that his endorsement of Clinton, despite Biden waiting in the wings, has more to do with his long relationship with the Clintons.

"I have tremendous respect for Vice President Biden, and I know that he's going to make a decision about whether to enter the race," Castro said. "I believe that he would also make a fantastic president. My support of Secretary Clinton is based on a long relationship that Joaquin, and I have had with her as well as with former President Clinton. ... This is not something that's against another person. This is really an endorsement of her."

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Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.
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