Julian Castro Has “Every Intention” Of Presidential Bid

The Washington Examiner reports:

President Obama’s former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Julian Castro, will travel to New Hampshire for a speech Tuesday that could mark the beginning of his 2020 presidential campaign. Castro, 43, is slated to headline the New Hampshire Young Democrats 2018 Granite Slate Awards Dinner on Tuesday evening.

“I have every interest in running” in 2020 for president, Castro said, according to a report. “Part of the process of figuring out whether I’m going to run is going to listen to folks and feel the temperature” of voters.

Castro, who was considered for Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, launched the Opportunity First PAC earlier this year and is working on a memoir. He said President Trump’s first year in office partially contributed to his desire to run for commander in chief.

  • Lazycrockett

    I’m okay with this.

  • olandp

    And good looking too.

  • bkmn

    If Castro were to win the nom it might finally motivate more Latinos to register and vote.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Practice run. And he knows it. Maybe vying for VP consideration

    Wouldn’t it be funny if he and his twin brother were on the same ticket and they won? And they tricked congress and foreign dignitaries by switching places? Hijinks ensue. Hollywood, make it happen


    • Lazycrockett

      Actually they have already been accused of doing that.

      • Lazycrockett

        One was suppose to be the Grand Marshall or something at a parade but got sick so the brother took his place. Or course everyone who was running this knew, but their enemies accused them of some Parent Trap behaviour.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Ah, yes. The Haley Mills gambit. A classic European spy maneuver meant to destroy the Viennese pastry economy.

    • boobert

      Guess who would be screaming about nepotism !

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        But they’d both be elected unlike the spawn of Satan

    • greenmanTN

      Wasn’t that an episode of the Patty Duke Show?

      • RyanInIllinois

        My favorite line from any tv theme song ever: “Patty likes to rock and roll / A hot dog makes her lose control!”

        • Lars Littlefield

          Where Cathy adores a minuet,
          The Ballets Russes, and crepe suzette,
          . . . . . . . .
          What a wild duet!

          • Reality.Bites

            Cathy, do you remember the minuet?

            Honey, at my age I can barely remember the men I screwed!

        • anne marie in philly

          “one pair of matching bookends,
          different as night and day”

      • Lars Littlefield

        We have such a psychic connection. I was thinking the exact same thing. Or maybe it’s just because we’re queer?

        • greenmanTN

          🎶identical cousins all the same🎶 😁

          • Lars Littlefield

            Eight inches uncut here. You? 😛

          • greenmanTN

            My parents had me snipped and they didn’t even ask for my opinion. Rude!

          • Reality.Bites

            They asked. I can hardly blame them for just going ahead after you asked if you could try one on in another colour.

          • greenmanTN

            I should have at least gotten a leather ring out of the deal!

          • Reality.Bites

            The doctor did!

          • Lars Littlefield

            Baaaad parents. Baaaaad,

          • greenmanTN

            I know, right? “We were thinking about cutting a piece of your dick off and wanted to get your input.”

            Uh, I’m gonna go with ‘no.’

      • Reality.Bites
        • greenmanTN

          Those are great! I never really watched GLEE because I thought it might ruin my reputation as a curmudgeon. 😉

          • Reality.Bites

            Or cement it.

            It was really, at its core, a show written for and by middle-aged men.

            Two songs from my teen years that Glee gave me in a new way.



          • greenmanTN

            Did you see the movie starring the gay Glee actor (I’m blocking on his name). I liked it. Hit By Lightning, I think?

          • Christopher

            Chris Colfer, “Struck By Lightning”. He wrote it, and it was awesome! I’ve seen it a few times now.

            Allison Janney was awesome as his mother!


          • greenmanTN

            Allison Janney is great in everything I’ve seen her in. You see her in some movie in what seems at first like a small, thankless role, then boom she turns around and breaks your heart. Isn’t she up for an Oscar this year?

          • JT
  • joe ho

    Trump’s DOJ will start an FBI investigation of any Democratic presidential candidate to cast a shadow.

  • MikeBx2

    Whatever puts him on the front page and tv screen often is ok with me. 😉

    • another_steve

      That’s because you’re a slut.

    • Ninja0980

      You hussy you!

      • another_steve

        Hussy is a today-underused term. Back in the day, “cheap women” were called hussies.

        My mother warned me about cheap women.

        Stevie, I don’t want you associating with that Sheila upstairs. She’s cheap.

        • I like the term “adventuress” which was the term for “gold digger” in polite society. As when very regal Queen Mary (photo below) said to the her son, The Duke of Windsor about his wife, Wallis Simpson, about why she refused to ever grant her an audience while she was alive “I shall NEVER receive her! For SHE is an ADVENTURESS!”. It is very nasty, don’t you think?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aae3776c0c51985959dbd2ed877b82a8d016f5347c60bde1ca5df3cff38a2195.jpg

          • Gustav2

            Queen Mary always could use a bit more jewelry, she just never seemed to wear enough.

          • If you are a history buff I did a video on Youtube 9 years ago about her that has over 100,000 hits.

          • Gustav2

            Two of those hits are mine.

          • I did one on the Queen Mum too

          • another_steve

            Very nice, Eddi.

            Some Americans don’t realize how many members of the various European royal families are related to each other. It wasn’t at all uncommon for cousins across national borders to marry one another, thereby strengthening political alliances and allegiances.

          • Cattleya1

            And reducing the family tree to a bush. Lots of inbreeding and genetic diseases.

          • bzrd

            engaged to his older brother who died unexpectedly of pneumonia

          • another_steve

            Wallis Simpson was a Baltimore girl. East Biddle Street, for my Baltimore brethren reading here.

            We brought the world its best, we in the Baltimore area.

            Wallis Simpson. John Waters.

            And this stunning specimen.


          • Gustav2

            Y’all are adventuresses.

          • another_steve

            We’s all sluts.

  • The_Wretched

    Solid delivery in the clip but not relaxed and a little bit forced / acted.

  • LydiRae

    Good. We need some viable candidates to run against the cheeto.

  • another_steve

    Smart, super-articulate, gorgeous.

    A winner.

    • I was thinking of you this morning looking at this headline. What Would Steve Think? Seriously. It’s a day late but I didn’t know Quarterback Foles had this reputation. You would have paid more attention to the boring game, right?

      • another_steve

        One senses an enormous dong there, yes.

        A pronounced nose and long arms are usually indicators of it.

        • greenmanTN

          In my experience it’s always the really skinny guys. It’s like their body is just a life support system for the dong.

          • another_steve

            Well, the dong does require a healthy blood supply and if you’re too scrawny, chances are your blood supply is not so good.

            My blood supply essentially stopped when I turned 60. If I can get my blood going up to my brain in any given day, that’s a good day.

          • Cipher

            Precisely the opposite my good friend! Not a lot of weight, ergo minimal stress on the heart. If the cholesterol is low, things point North easily 🙂 Now the brain bypass is my issue…

          • another_steve

            Lol. I see that now.

            I need to lose weight. 😉

          • another_steve

            And how far a stretch is he from Jared Kushner?

            Why is my sordid and somewhat unpopular lust for Jared so condemned and ridiculed on this blog?

    • Henry Auvil

      I’ll never forget that time Jon Hamm carried three sausages out of a Los Angeles pet store. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0a07fedef94a1da2ffae5aab085dea16ff71c152acc91b82c89749897be497b.jpg

      • KevInPDX

        The dudes a free baller. No pics of Michael Fassbender going commando, sadly 🙁

  • DaddyRay

    No argument from me

  • DaddyRay

    What nickname will Benedict Donald give Julian

    • coram nobis

      L’il Fidel is an easy guess.

    • Tulle Christensen


    • matrem

      Wetb**k or be*ner. Oh, you said “nickname.”

      • Lars Littlefield

        I can hear him say Beaner Boy without any sense of a personal conscience.

        • bzrd

          “Look, over there, my beaner-boy, clap for me!”

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ninja0980

      Yup but some folks think we can’t call him out because of his service and the loss of his son.
      Fuck that, neither of those things get to be a shield against being a racist asshole.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Yeah, plenty of horrible people served in the military — Hitler, Lee Harvey Oswald, Charles Whitman (Texas Tower shooter — the list goes on and on.

    • kareemachan

      I have to admit, he put on a good act at first. Seemed almost reasonable.

      Now we know the truth: he’s just an asshat.

      • ted-

        Isn’t that just a given with GOPs?

    • Taylor Bixler

      And a fellow traveler with Trump. It is why he is still around. He is weaponizing chaos, not protecting us from it er him er them.

  • Rex

    A President Castro would certainly make a number of Fox News Staff and viewers heads explode, so I’m all for it.

    • coram nobis

      Donald would give him the name L’il Fidel Castro or something equally puerile.

      • Longpole

        While they continue to explain away trump doing business with “Putin’s Russia”.

    • Harveyrabbit

      They’re already preparing to tell everyone he’s a commie and related to Fidel.

    • violamateo

      Absolutely the first thing that came to my mind as well. Bring it!

    • Grimes

      After having a Hussein in office?

  • JWC

    About time the DEMS started showing hopefuls instead of Bernie Mr Castro and Mr Kennedy young with fresh ideas, America has seen how old white rigid white men can fuck the country

    • DaddyRay

      I agree – we need to get these next generation candidates out there and give them some PR

      • JWC

        Exactly exposure make some noise How else do we get to know them We already know Bernie

        • DaddyRay

          Bernie is an independant – let him run as one, he should not be the Democratic nominee

          • JWC

            Ok fine he is an independent but will still draw votes from the other two Will attract the snowflakes and has no chance of winning He is a millstone to the process

          • Reality.Bites

            Then let’s have him run as a Republican.

          • JWC

            He wouldn’t and they wouldn’t have him

          • Reality.Bites

            Neither would the Democrats, but that didn’t stop him.

          • JWC

            What is strange is that bernie and his bots still see themselves as essential others see them as irratating

      • Cattleya1

        I agree, but I’d vote for Joe Biden in a heartbeat.

    • Dazzer

      Moss FTW!

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Él me cae bien!

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yo también.

  • MonochromeMouse

    “Why are we even letting Fidel’s son live here, commie Cubans can’t be president.” – trump after hearing the news

    • DaddyRay

      Where is his Brith Certificate

  • coram nobis

    Fun fact: the Spanish suffix -astro usually has a negative connotation. A “politicastro” is a third-rate politician, or corrupt or both. We already have one of those.

    • DaddyRay

      So what does the suffix -rump mean

      • coram nobis

        Something seedy. Trump, strumpet, rump-pa-pum-pum.

      • Trump is slang for “fart” in the UK. Not a polite, gentle fart. A loud and stinky one. Like in this conversation overhead in Buckingham Palace:
        “Stuff it Wills! This is not FUNNY! Must you and Harry be so disgusting and cut Trumps after eating Vindaloo Take-out whenever that tosser is on the telly?”
        “OK Granny! We will try!”

    • Lars Littlefield

      But in the instance of the apellido “Castro” the astro is not a suffix. It’s a root noun, a topographic name with Galician, Portuguese, Italian, and Jewish (Sephardic) origins. From castro ‘castle’, ‘fortress’ (Latin castrum ‘fort’, ‘Roman walled city’): in Galicia and also in northern Portugal a habitational name from any of various places named with this word; in Italy either a topographic name or a habitational name.

  • canoebum

    I can just hear the GOP ads now….”secret son of Fidel”, Cuban agent, on and on.

    • The_Wretched

      That can be a factor in choosing who should run on the Dem ticket but they’ll have bigoted ads against any dem.

  • Publius

    I like him. I would vote for him…in the general (if I had to). But he doesn’t have enough experience. I realize there’s plenty of whataboutism to go round, but I just don’t think the presidency is an entry level job. This would be a good practice run, and if he loses then he’ll probably snag a good cabinet post (better than HUD), and gain some experience.

  • Ninja0980

    It will be hard for them to top the racism they spewed against Obama but you can be sure the GOP will try if he runs.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I can’t deny the deliciousness of irony that would come about if he actually won the presidency; 60 years of America trying to off a Castro only to turn around and elect one. As I said, the irony would be deliciously funny. And let’s face it, the GOP’s reaction would be so…satisfying.

    • They would go full blown ballistic scream mode! That would be sweet indeed

  • I like him better than the Kennedy people were talking about the other day.

  • HZ81

    Go, Julian. I will seriously consider your candidacy when it’s time. I wonder who he’ll be up against?

  • Friday’s_cat

    This on one of the many qualified candidates Hillary Clinton could have chosen were she not stuck in some business as usual past. Just like Al Gore’s mistake in choosing Joementum Lieberman, Hillary’s pick of the “Safe White Guy” cost her votes.

    • edrex

      you know, i was a hillary supporter from the beginning (and would still prefer her to bernie), but i do agree with your assessment here. kaine seemed less than inspired to me as well. i had been hoping for someone like sec. castro.

    • customartist

      possibly correct

  • Leo

    I’m too tired to trot out cynicism as to why he’d lose. Good luck man. That’s it.

  • Treant

    Interesting, and slightly more experienced than Oprah. But not much. HUD isn’t an elected seat in government and doesn’t involve legislating.

    Maybe run for Senator and look at a 2024 or 2028 run?

  • Henry Auvil

    I’m trying to picture the Cuban-Americans in South Florida going out to vote for a President Castro.

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      well, most Cubans in FL are drunk on the GOB (look at Rubio and Rafael Eduardo Cruz, whose father came through FL from Cuba) They would vote for Che Guevara himself, back to life, if he ran as a republican. Luckily the younger generation is waking up.

    • Jack

      Maybe they could be won over if this were seen as a chance to reclaim the name?

      Reclamando el Nombre!

    • Taylor Bixler

      Even if all of them decided that that name had too much baggage for whatever reason, seems like that block’s vote count is about to be offset if not surpassed by the Puerto Rican population growth hitting florida.

  • JCF

    Good luck! I welcome all qualified Democratic candidates. Can only strengthen the eventual ticket.

  • jm2

    wouldn’t Trump just have a twitterfit if he were replaced by a Latino? love to see it…

    • Jack

      You’re referring to being followed in office, right?

      • jm2

        even better than that – beating him in 2020! 😜

  • anne marie in philly

    well, new young blood. perhaps a julian castro & joe kennedy III ticket? both speak spanish, one is a POC. hope…

  • Rocco

    Good, maybe that will stop the old geezers from running! Go Castro!

  • Jack

    Extra points for his surname!

    • bzrd

      for his voice

      • Jack

        I did not listen.

  • Nathaniel

    Grow up first.

  • JAX

    He needs more experience!