Do you know Why Hillary Needs Julian Castro as Veep?

Hillary and Castro

Qualified? He’s been a three- term mayor and a Cabinet secretary, so sure. Julian Castro is her obvious choice—especially against Rubio.
As Democrats browse through potential 2016 vice presidential candidates looking for someone young, exciting, and different, does it really come down to Julian Castro—or nothing?
It’s no surprise that the U.S. Housing Secretary, a 40-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party, is rumored to be on Hillary Clinton’s veep short list. Certainly, he’s already out there auditioning for the job by defending Clinton’s decision to use a private email server as Secretary of State and dismissing Republican criticism as “a witch hunt.”
The surprise is that there is a new rumor circulating that suggests Castro’s name is the only one on the list.
For Henry Cisneros, who served as U.S. Housing Secretary in the Clinton Administration, the idea is a no-brainer.
“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who used to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” Cisneros told Jorge Ramos, host of “Al Punto,” Univision’s Sunday show. “They don’t have a second option, because he is the superior candidate considering his record, personality, demeanor, and Latin heritage.”
Castro and his twin brother, Joaquin, a Congressman from San Antonio, were born in the United States. But their grandmother, Victoria, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as a child in 1920. Castro is popular, even beloved, among segments of the highly consequential Latino community—especially among Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, a subset that represent about two-thirds of the estimated 54 million Latinos in the United States.
Latinos matter because every month, about 50,000 of them turn 18 and become eligible to vote. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans matter disproportionately because they’re swing voters who are largely in play, more so than conservative Cuban-Americans or Central Americans who tend to vote Republican or liberal Puerto Ricans and Dominican-Americans who tend to vote Democratic. Most Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are registered Democrats, but they will support moderate Republicans who reach out to them. Just ask George W. Bush, who earned 44 percent of the Latino vote against John Kerry in 2004.



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