Julián Castro Has "Every Interest in Running" for President in 2020

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Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro isn't tiptoeing around it anymore: the 43-year-old Democrat is interested in taking a run for the White House in 2020.

Castro, who was plucked from city leadership in 2014 by President Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, made his intent clear in a Monday interview with NBC.

"I have every interest in running" in 2020 for president, Castro said.

"[President Trump] is taking the country in the completely wrong direction and he's hurting people while he's doing it," Castro went on. "I have a completely different vision for the country and this seems like an important moment to turn things around."

Castro spoke with NBC after news broke that he'd be headlining a mid-February award dinner for New Hampshire Young Democrats, a move that sparked speculation among those familiar with the U.S. election process.

That's because New Hampshire is the first state to hold a primary election during presidential election season following the Iowa caucuses.

"It's New Hampshire," Lucas Meyer, New Hampshire Young Democrats president, told NBC. "It's hard for anyone to come to the state without the speculation swirling and he's not being shy about that."

This isn't the first hint that Castro has his eyes set on the presidency. Since leaving the White House with the rest of the Obama Administration in January 2017, Castro's formed a political action committee called Opportunity First, meant to boost younger Democrats into the political sphere. In past interviews, Castro has said he's simply looking out for driven young progressives — a description the 43-year-old San Antonio native easily fits.

Castro told NBC that his decision to run will ultimately depend on the "temperature" of voters at the time.

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