Julian Castro – one of many closing holdouts from the once-vast field of Democratic presidential candidates who had but to endorse Joe Biden’s presidential marketing campaign – on Tuesday formally backed the former vice president’s White Home bid.
Castro, a former San Antonio, Texas mayor who later served as Housing and City Growth secretary in then-President Barack Obama’s Cupboard, tweeted that “Joe Biden acknowledges the pressing want for actual reform to deal with our damaged policing system. I’m proud to assist him, and I look ahead to seeing these reforms change into legislation, in order that what occurred to George Floyd by no means occurs once more.”
Castro’s endorsement got here a few hours after Biden – in a significant speech amid nationwide protests and riots sparked by Floyd’s dying in Minneapolis police custody – vowed to reverse the nation’s “systemic racism with long-overdue concrete modifications.”
Biden, responding to Castro’s endorsement, tweeted “Julián — I made a promise to George’s household that he would not simply change into one other hashtag. We will sort out this head on — and we’ll want your assist to do it. Grateful to your assist.”
Whereas Castro has repeatedly mentioned since ending his personal White Home bid at first of the 12 months that “I’m going to do no matter I can” to defeat President Trump in November, he had not formally backed Biden. Castro’s political crew informed Fox Information final Thursday that talks have been underway with Biden’s marketing campaign towards a proper endorsement of the previous vp.
With Castro’s endorsement, best-selling religious creator Marianne Williamson is the one former White Home hopeful within the social gathering who’s avoided endorsing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Castro and the previous vp – who labored collectively within the Obama administration – clashed final summer season and fall throughout a few Democratic presidential major debates. Castro was extensively panned following the September debate after he apparently questioned the then-76-year-old Biden’s psychological acuity.