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A close confidant of U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who asked not to be named, has confirmed for Texas Public Radio what national media are reporting -- that Castro is indeed being vetted as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton. The news was different last week.

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The Texas Democratic Convention is in full swing in San Antonio.

Tonight's keynote speaker is HUD Secretary and former Mayor Julian Castro who just revealed some big news in a press conference. Castro announced that he is no longer being vetted as a vice presidential candidate for Hillary Clinton.

He went on to say, "I'm very confident she will make a prudent and great selection for vice president," he said.

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Two San Antonio brothers are taking center stage as the Texas Democratic Convention gets underway in their hometown. Congressman Joaquin Castro will chair the convention. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker Friday night.

In a state where Republicans control the legislature and all statewide offices, the Democrats are looking to the Castro brothers to help rebuild their state party. 

The Texas Tribune

The Castro brothers will be front and center beginning June 16 when some 12,000 Texas Democrats descend on San Antonio’s Alamodome for their state convention.

Chairing the convention with a theme of working families will be Congressman Joaquin Castro.  Giving one of the keynotes, his brother, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro who is now the president’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated.

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The questions came almost immediately, as they usually do.

Do you think you think you'll be picked as her running mate? No. 

Are you auditioning to be vice president? No.

Do you want to be vice president? No.

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Thursday afternoon Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton rallied Latino voters here in San Antonio. While here, she picked up the endorsement of current Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. 

We talk about what the endorsement could mean and whether or not Clinton's campaign is saying the right things to Latino voters.

Guests

  • Rogelio Saenz, dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas San Antonio
  • Shelley Kofler, news director of Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, now U.S. Housing Secretary, introduced Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today, as she paid a visit to the Alamo City. The rally launched Clinton’s effort to energize Latino voters.

Clinton is no stranger to South Texas. She campaigned throughout the area decades ago for presidential candidate George McGovern, and worked to register Latino voters.

At the Historic Sunset Station, banners and buttons read "La Hillary, estoy contigo" – I’m with you.

Clinton-Castro 2016?

Julián Castro endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday. The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the second Obama Cabinet official to endorse Clinton — even as Vice President Biden is still considering getting in the race. (Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also endorsed Clinton earlier this year.)

Castro would likely be on the vice-presidential short lists for whomever wins the Democratic nomination.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in San Antonio working to build enthusiasm for her arrival on Thursday.  That’s when U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will endorse Clinton in his hometown and help launch her “Latinos for Hillary” effort. 

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