Updated 09/04/2012 03:20 PM
San Antonio mayor's speech a historic first for DNC
The mayor of San Antonio will be delivering the keynote address at Tuesday night's Democratic convention, following remarks by Michelle Obama: A slot that has traditionally been reserved for up-and-comers in the Democratic party, launching them onto the national scene. Our Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
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Eight years ago, it was a little-known state senator from Illinois giving the keynote address at the Democratic convention. It proved a springboard to bigger things. Now, another young, rising star introduces himself to a national audience.
At 37, Julian Castro is the youngest big-city mayor in the country and the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote at a Democratic convention, underscoring the growing importance of the Latino vote.
Castro, who is of Mexican descent, was raised by a single mother, Rosie Castro, a prominent civil rights activist. His identical twin brother, Joaquin, is a state legislator who’s running for Congress. Expect him to tell his family’s story tonight, touching on immigration policy and to trumpet Obama’s record.
Castro is an Obama campaign co-chair, has been invited to the White House, and helped host Obama on a recent fundraising swing through Texas.
Castro also appeals to a younger sensibility. His sense of humor was on display in a video he made defending San Antonio from insults made by basketball player Charles Barkley.