Wednesday, September 5, 2012
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is a rarity in Texas. A Democratic mayor in an overwhelmingly Republican state, Castro delivered a keynote speech at the DNC convention which immediately drew comparisons to Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” speech in 2004 that helped to propel him to the U.S. Senate and later, the presidency.
San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the U.S. and according to the 2010 census, 63.2% of of the population identifies as Hispanic. Castro was raised by a single mother and a grandmother both of whom immigrated from Mexico. His story is the same story of millions of immigrants in America. He stepped into the national spotlight Tuesday night and delivered a soaring speech that evoked the struggles of his Mexican immigrant family and how that family paved the way for his success.
Castro told the Democratic National Convention in a 20-minute speech:
“The American Dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. With the opportunity we build today for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail.
Like President Obama, Castro spoke of his humble beginnings and public assistance to achieve his dream: to be the mayor of San Antonio, the city of his birth.
Castro got a not-so-subtle diss in of Mitt Romney with aplomb:
“Mitt Romney simply doesn’t get it. A few months ago, he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. “Start a business,” he said, but how? Borrow money from your parents. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. He just has no idea how good he has it.”
What we saw Tuesday night with Mayor Julian Castro is the birth of a Democratic star. His future is bright and yes, I believe this includes the White House.