Julian Castro Ends Bid for the Presidency

Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said hes dropping out of the 2020 race.

“Its with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today. Im so proud of everything weve accomplished together. Im going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope youll join me in that fight,” Castro said in a statement on Jan. 2.

Castro, 45, was the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the later years of the Obama administration. He joined the University of Texas at Austins LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2017 after leaving that position.

He announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 12, 2019.

Castro released a video on Twitter on Jan. 2 announcing the end to his candidacy, highlighting some moments on the campaign trail.

“Im so proud of the campaign that weve run together. Weve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people, and given a voice to those who are often forgotten,” he said.

“But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, Ive determined that it simply isnt our time. So today its with a heavy heart and with profound gratitude that I will suspend my campaign for president.”

julian castro qualifies for debate
julian castro qualifies for debate
Democratic presidential candidate and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (C) and his family arrive at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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julian castro threatens to drop out
Democratic presidential hopeful and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro at the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Castro thanked volunteers and promised to keep fighting for illegal immigrants.

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