Julian Castro's Presidential Hopes Losing Political Support

Chris Fox
September 17, 2019 - 10:34 am
Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary Julian Castro

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The Political backlash continues against Presidential candidate and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro regarding his performance in last week’s debate in Houston.

It resulted in US Representative Vincente Gonzalez, who represents San Antonio, on Sunday flipping his Presidential endorsement from Julian Castro to former Vice President Joe Biden primarily due to the healthcare-related exchange between the candidates in last week’s debate.

While they were promoting their own health care plans Castro challenged the 76-year old former Vice President’s memory saying, “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago? I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you’re saying they don’t have to buy in. You’re forgetting that.” Castro’s tactic was met with boos from those in the crowd in the Texas Southern University auditorium.

On Sunday on CNN Rep. Gonzalez told “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper the Democrats need to unite to defeat Trump in November 2020, and that’s why he was moving his support to Vice President Joe Biden. Referring to Castro, Gonzalez said, "If you're polling in the low single digits and you're not raising any resources, and you're fracturing your party and getting your supporters to be upset at other candidates, it certainly can't be a good thing for our party."

The University of Texas Politics Project’s Jim Henson believes this could be the beginning of the end for the Castro campaign. “There have been questions all along about Biden’s age, and to some degree whether he was up to this. But the tone of it may well have given people who were already sort of under-impressed with Mayor Castro’s run cover for jumping ship,” said Henson. As for whether this would lead Castro to end his campaign, Henson said, “With so many candidates in the field, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayor Castro decides to try to ride this out a little bit longer. News cycles go very quickly.”