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Julian Castro Launches People First Future PAC To Elect Young Progressives

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Julián Castro launched a new political action committee Thursday. The People First Future PAC is aimed at getting young Progressives elected to office on the state and local levels across the U.S.

Julián Castro is getting to work to help young Progressives get elected across the country.

The People First Future PAC is giving support and attention to politicians across the U.S. who are fighting for core Progressive values. These values include universal health care and an aggressive plan to combat climate change. Castro campaigned on these policies when he was running as a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

Castro has been a vocal presence in the current demonstration to end police brutality.

The nation is witnessing large-scale peaceful protests across the country demanding justice after the death of George Floyd. Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the country demanding accountability within police departments for the deaths of unarmed Black people at the hands of police officers.

Castro made police brutality a central point of his campaign releasing a policy and naming victims during debates.

Part of Castro’s policing policy requires the use of body cams for all officers to increase transparency into police activities. The policy also looks at the training techniques to de-escalate a situation and require that those techniques be used to their fullest extent all recorded on body cams to guarantee compliance. Castro’s policy also calls on police officers “to identify themselves, issue a verbal warning, and give the suspect a reasonable amount of time to comply before the use of force.”

Here are some of the candidates that People First Future PAC:

Representative Lauren Underwood

Rep. Underwood represents Illinois’s 14th congressional district, which is west of Chicago. The young politician won her seat in the 2018 elections. She unseated Republican Randy Hultgren, who held the seat for 8 years. Underwood is one of the young, Progressive people of color who were elected into Congress during the 2018 elections as a rebuke against the Trump administration.

Candace Valenzuela

Valenzuela is in a runoff election against Kim Olson to represent Texas’s 24th congressional district. The district is just north of Dallas and Fort Worth and to the West of Plano. The school board member lost the primary race for the Dallas/Fort Worth suburb by 10 points in March. The runoff election is scheduled for July 14.

Check out the full list of politicians backed by Castro’s People First Future PAC here.

READ: Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Opens Up About Juggling His Fight For Latinos In His Campaign And Being A Dad

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Julián Castro Is Backing Sen. Elizabeth Warren For President, Now Many Are Wondering If She Will Pick Him As Her VP

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Julián Castro Is Backing Sen. Elizabeth Warren For President, Now Many Are Wondering If She Will Pick Him As Her VP

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Last year, a large number of Democrats came forward to announce they’d be seeking to run for the President of the United States in 2020. Now, a couple of months later, and after several debates, many of the candidates have dropped out. Today, in the New Year, we now have 14 Democrats seeking to unseat President Donald Trump. You’re probably wondering why we still have 14 Democrats running for president when many have dropped out. The reason is more new candidates are jumping in the race, but do we really need so many presidential hopefuls? No. So, one of those that candidates that sadly left the President’s race are supporting a top contender, and here’s why it’s so crucial now. 

Last week, Julián Castro announced he was dropping out of the presidential race. Now, Castro said he is fully endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Castro posted his endorsement on Twitter, which was accompanied by a video. Castro began his statement by saying that his success can be attributed to the strong women in his life. 

“Elizabeth and I share a vision of America, where everyone counts. An America where people⁠—not the wealthy or well-connected⁠—are put first. I’m proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change,” Castro tweeted. 

He added in his video, “There’s one candidate I see who is unafraid to fight like hell to make sure that America’s promise will be there for everyone. [Sen. Warren] will make sure that no matter where you live in America — or where your family came from in the world, you have a path to opportunity, too.”

His statement comes at a critical time because while 14 candidates are still in the race, so far, only three Democrats prove to be bringing big money through their fundraising efforts. 

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As we noted, Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised the most money out of all the Democratic candidates with $34.5 million. In second was former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raised more than $24.7 million. Former President Joe Biden raised $22.7 million. Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised more than $16.5 million. The rest of the candidates, while many, are falling through the wayside, and it’s also the reason Castro had to drop out. 

What Castro lacked in funds, he made up for in support. Many thought his campaign was the first to bring forth actual policy change on immigration, border security, and environmental rights — so his opinion matters much. But his endorsement could leave some confused about which candidate is the right one for them.

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Several politicians have a strong following, and while they are not running for President in 2020, have voiced their support for presidential candidates. People around the country are seeking their opinion as to who the best candidate currently is. 

For example, fans of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know that she is backing Sen. Sanders, as is Rep. Ilhan Omar. As far as Sen. Warren is concerned, besides Castro, Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, are also supporting her. Biden has the most support from Democrats in Congress. 

Some speculated that Castro’s endorsement came soon after his announcement that he was dropping out because there’s no time like the present. 

“Castro + Warren’s policy teams had mutual affection early in the race, as both ran plan-focused campaigns,” a CNN reporter tweeted. “The candidates praised each other publicly. If there’s any surprise, it’s that he endorsed so quickly after dropping out, but Warren needs energy now.” 

Warren did thank Castro for his endorsement, and who knows, maybe she’ll choose him as her running mate?

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We won’t get our hopes up just yet, but if Warren continues her positive stride toward the Presidential office, choosing Castro to be her VP would get her a lot of brownie points. And, yes, people on social media are already imagining this dream team as Hollywood actors Annette Bening and Oscar Isaac (see tweet above). 

The senator expressed her gratitude over his endorsement on Twitter, saying, “Thank you, @JulianCastro! You’ve been a powerful voice for bold, progressive change, and I’m honored to have your support. Together, we’ll fight to make sure every single family in America has a path to opportunity.”

READ: His Campaign Is Over But Julian Castro Has A Bright Future In The Democratic Party

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Julian Castro May Not Be The Nominee In 2020 But Don’t Worry, The Candidate Has Many Other Options To Make A Difference

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Julian Castro May Not Be The Nominee In 2020 But Don’t Worry, The Candidate Has Many Other Options To Make A Difference

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Julian Castro may have ended his bid for president in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the 45-year-old Democrat won’t be making waves in the near future. The former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and mayor of San Antonio, Texas could be the state’s prospective governor in 2022. Texas has been inching further to the left in recent years and Democrats like Beto O’Rourke, Castro, and community organizers have been building broader coalitions in the notoriously conservative state. 

Moreover, Castro could be the presidential nominee’s running mate. In 2016, Hillary Clinton audited Castro as her potential Vice President but instead chose Senator Tim Kaine a non-Latinx, Spanish-speaker citing Castro’s lack of experience. Shortly after dropping out of the race, Castro endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president. Could the pair be the winning duo the party needs to unseat the far-right Republican incumbent? Only time will tell. 

Some believe Castro would be tough competition for Texas governor.

Ryan J. Rusak of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram believes the end of Castro’s presidential campaign could signal a new beginning. While Castro didn’t make as big as a splash as say the billionaires who could invest tens of millions of dollars into their campaigns, he was able to set himself apart by being the first to center issues like immigration, reproductive rights for trans women and men, mass incarceration and police brutality as gun violence. Castro exited the race with a largely unscathed reputation and larger name recognition. 

Rusak believes a governor’s race between O’Rourke and Castro could further shift Texas left. A healthy rivalry could be good for Texas politics. 

“Watching them dance around each other will be fascinating. Castro seems stronger right now, but he doesn’t have O’Rourke’s statewide track record,” Rusak wrote. “Their rivalry, if one develops, could shape Texas Democratic politics for years. O’Rourke is concentrating on raising money to help Democrats win the Texas House, the kind of effort that could give him lots of favors to call in for a statewide race.” 

The former San Antonio mayor could end being the first Latinx Vice President. 

Castro, having previously been a part of Obama’s cabinet, might be sitting pretty in a different office should the Democratic presidential nominee win. 

“Castro will almost certainly be considered as a running mate by his party’s nominee or could end up in another Cabinet post,” Rusak wrote. 

Roughly four days after dropping out of the race, Castro endorsed Warren for President. Many believe this means he might be her running mate – although it could be wishful thinking. 

“Today I’m proud to endorse @ewarren for president. Elizabeth and I share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people⁠—not the wealthy or well-connected⁠—are put first. I’m proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change,” Castro wrote on Twitter. 

The New York Times found the endorsement unsurprising since the two candidates have been close allies throughout the campaign. The paper even offered that his endorsement could reinvigorate her campaign. Castro plans on traveling to New York City with Warren to give her a boost on the trail. 

“It formalizes a partnership that could help Ms. Warren reignite excitement at a critical moment. Ms. Warren has fallen from her polling peak in early October when she was hailed as the race’s ascendant front-runner and the standard-bearer for the party’s progressive wing,” according to the New York Times. 

However, Castro has previously said he didn’t want to be Vice President.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host asked Castro if he had any interest in being Vice President if he isn’t the nominee. Castro’s answer may have some of his fans disappointed. 

“Is it possible you might want to be vice president if the president thing doesn’t work out?” Kimmel asked Castro. “No, no, I’ve been there and done that last time,” Castro responded.

Nevertheless, CNN notes that presidential candidates often evade questions about taking lesser positions while they’re running. Many may have forgotten that Joe Biden ran for president in 2008 but ended up accepting Obama’s invitation as VP.

“You know, I started my campaign off, and we lived true to the idea that we want an America where everyone counts,” Castro tells Warren in his endorsement video. “It’s the same vision that I see in you, in your campaign, in the America that you would help bring about.”

After becoming the front-runner over the summer, Warren appears to have dropped to third place behind centrist Vice President Joe Biden and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders.

“Thank you Julian Castro for being a powerful voice, for proposing bold and progressive plans, and for using your campaign to help people who need it now. You made this race stronger—and you will continue to be a leader in our party and our country for many years to come,” Warren said of Castro and she just might be right. 

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