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Joaquin Castro: Uniting Behind Clinton Is A Step Toward A Blue Texas

Ryan Poppe
Texas Public Radio
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro addresses the Texas delegation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro pumped up Texas Democrats Thursday with his vision of how their Party can become competitive in Texas again. Castro also confirmed he may mount a campaign to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

At a meeting of Texas delegates in Philadelphia Castro sought to unite supporters for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton saying that's what's needed for Democrats to defeat Republican Donald Trump.  Castro said it’s a step towards doing what Democrats have been trying to do for more than two decades – turn Texas blue once again.


"If we are going to come back as Texas Democrats and everyone gets this question around here, when is Texas going to become competitive, when is Texas going to turn blue?  Listen, listen ya'll, the answer is we are competing against ourselves," he says.

Castro also repeated something he told Texas Public Radio a month ago:  that he doesn’t plan on staying in the U.S. House of Representatives forever.  He said he hasn’t made a decision yet, but he’s  considering a race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who plans to run for reelection in two years. 


And though that seems far in the distance, Castro took a few swipes saying at Cruz saying he hasn't been acting with the best interest of Texans in mind..

"Every time they do something that crosses the people of Texas we need to call them out for it and we can't shy about it," Castro says.

"Texans have figured out that Ted is for Ted, Ted is not for Texas.  Texas needs a senator who is actually working for the people of Texas."

Castro said he’ll decide whether to run for the U.S. Senate by the end of the year.

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.