Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech
September 4th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Mayor Castro to focus on Mexican American family experience in DNC speech

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Thirty-seven-year-old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who's set to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Tuesday night, said he will talk about the American Dream achieved by connecting different generations.

Castro, who was walking outside the convention hall with his brother and friends, said he'll talk about his grandmother coming from Mexico to build a life in the United States, and passing her fortitude down to her daughter, his mother.

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The mayor will be the first Latino to keynote at a Democratic convention, organizers have said.

Castro said his speech will be 15 minutes long, and will be laced with what he calls "intergenerational" themes related to overcoming obstacles and striving for the American Dream, Castro said. His identical twin brother, Joaquin, however, chimed in and joked that doesn't include his introduction. Joaquin is a politician in his own right – currently running for the House of Representatives in a contest Democratic leaders expect him to win.

Furthermore, Castro will elaborate on his experience as a mayor in Texas and will attempt to draw contrasts between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

A source familiar with the speech set the bar high, saying it was akin to Obama's keynote speech in 2004 that catapulted him to political stardom.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Just WOW!

    Can someone please explain to me how Obama asks Harold & Kumar to work for his campaign, but at the same time truns up the prosecution on all medical pot dispensaries. He promised he would do the EXCACT opposite in his first campaign. Yet now he's vying for the "stoner vote"? His hipocracy knows no bounds!!

    September 4, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. smendler


    September 4, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. gt

    he might say how he will handel all the murders in his city.......

    September 4, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Javier Stephen

    I am proud of San Antonio's Mayor Castro. He has done amazing things with the city and is a prime example of what people can do if they put their mind to it. Beginning at such a young start in politics, he and his brother have grown tremendously. I am proud to have called San Antonio home and can't wait to get back there. It makes me even prouder to know that an incredible representative from San Antonio will be speaking at the DNC. I know you will make San Antonio and TX proud!!!!!

    September 4, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Lionel

    One of the things I like about the democratic party is that it is very inclusive of all people. Looking forward to your speech Mayor Castro. Can't believe all of the hateful comments here.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    September 4, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. ge

    republicans have robots -please don,t mass produce them

    September 4, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |