"The Winner Of The Night": Julián Castro Dominated The Democratic Presidential Debate
"Me llamo Julián Castro y me estoy postulando para Presidente de Los Estados Unidos."
"The very fact that I can say that tonight shows the progress that we have made in this country," began Julián Castro in his powerful closing statement.
"Like many of you, I know the promise of America," said Julián, a second-generation Mexican American.
"My grandmother came here when she was 7-years-old, as an immigrant from Mexico, and just two generations later, one of her grandsons is serving in the United States Congress and the other one is running for President of the United States."
If I’m elected President, I will work hard every single day so that you and your family can get good health care, your child can get a good education, and you can have good job opportunities in a big city or small town. And on January 20, 2021, we’ll say "Adiós" to Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/L2aeNotsL5— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 27, 2019
If elected, Julián would be the nation's first-ever Latino President. And, judging by his break out showing last night, he's in it to win it.
Like Mexican American Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andy Ruiz, Julián was the underdog in the ring. And, like Andy, Julián didn't pull any punches.
"It was Castro that came out of nowhere," said Van Jones on CNN.
"Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown. Turned around, clocked Beto...You never saw it coming."
Julián brought it hard, schooling Beto on immigration and talking real policy when everybody else was caught up in rhetoric.
Laser-focused, articulate, and assertive, viewers and major news outlets alike agreed that Julián was the evening's standout.
So many of the candidates tonight during the #DemDebate are saying "I agree with Secretary @JulianCastro " They keep referring to him bc he has plans not just talking points. #Castro2020 pic.twitter.com/u7WJOaqeiU— Mary E. Gonzalez (@RepMaryGonzalez) June 27, 2019
I think America has learned that @JulianCastro is a Top 5 candidate.— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 27, 2019
He crushed it tonight.
He was arguably the winner of the night, I think.
He crushed his closing statement, but he gave smart, cogent, thoughtful, courageous answers all night. #AdiosTrump#DemDebate
I’ve known @JulianCastro since 2005. The man I know is the son of a strong mother; a doting father/husband; a keen lawyer; and a collaborative leader. A listener. He intimately knows the hard knocks that life can throw at us. But he punches back. You saw that tonight. #Castro2020— Sonia Rodriguez (@rodriguez_sm) June 27, 2019
Who has done the most to advance their campaign’s fortunes tonight? Multiple of our reporters say: Julián Castro. “He wrestled his way in, scored some major points and came across as credible.”— POLITICO (@politico) June 27, 2019
Here's where Castro stands on the biggest 2020 issues: https://t.co/L9EpDYNzkX
He won the evening on Google as well, with a 2,400% surge in "Julian Castro" searches.
...and he wasn't shy about owning his victory.
Julián's admirers came in all different colors and backgrounds, but Latinos and Mexicanos were especially proud to see one of their own distinguishing himself on the national stage.
It matters to me someone who looks like me is running for President. It matters to me someone who speaks like me is running for President. It matters to me someone w/a family story like mine is running for President.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) June 27, 2019
Thankful for @JulianCastro on #DemDebate stage tonight.
Tonight, I saw @JulianCastro on that debate stage. He (like me) is the child of a single mother, coming from a Mexican immigrant family and was clearly the break-out. I got emotional. We NEED to get him to the NEXT debate. Please donate to get him there: https://t.co/KZUrA0Elkb— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) June 27, 2019
In one of his strongest moments, Julián, a border state native and former Mayor of San Antonio, challenged every candidate to support the repeal of Section 1325, the law that criminalizes migration and allows children to be separated from their families.
I would repeal Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act -- the only way to ensure that another administration like Trump's could not separate little children from their mothers. They use that law to justify their cruel policy of family separation. It must end. pic.twitter.com/bl9NcdjWsK— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 27, 2019
Julián is no stranger to the national stage, having served as Housing Secretary under President Obama, but, by his own admission, his campaign wasn't getting much attention. Seems like tonight, that has changed.
Guess there's just one thing left to say...
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