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Joaquin Castro Says Twin Brother Julián Castro Is Running For President

Former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters about his potential run for president in 2020. Castro held the press conference in his home in San Antonio on Dec. 12, 2018.
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Former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters about his potential run for president in 2020. Castro held the press conference in his home in San Antonio on Dec. 12, 2018.

In case there was any mystery left, Julián Castro is running for president.

That's according to his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, who made the announcement during a joint interview Thursday night on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." As Colbert teased Julián Castro about the build-up to his all-but-certain 2020 campaign, Joaquin Castro interjected.

"I'll speak on his behalf here," Joaquin Castro said. "He's gonna run for president. How about that?

The comment drew a grin and nod from Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor.

He announced Wednesday that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee and would make an announcement Jan. 12 in San Antonio. For months, however, he has hardly concealed his ambitions, releasing a book, visiting early voting states and even saying in recent weeks that he is "very likely" to run.

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Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.