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Julian Castro in the National Spotlight

  • by David Muto, The Texas Tribune
  • The Big Conversation:

    After the biggest week of his political career, Julián Castro already has plans for his newfound national stardom.

    The San Antonio mayor, whose keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday thrust him squarely into the national spotlight, will stump for President Barack Obama in swing states throughout the fall, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

    Castro began his tour on Sunday in Virginia, where he spoke to students at George Mason University and to a group of campaign volunteers in Fairfax. The Express-News reports that Castro may also travel to Colorado, Florida and Nevada, and an Obama campaign aide also mentioned Ohio.

    “It’s all about getting the vote out,” Castro said. “Virginia matters in the outcome of this election. The Latino community matters. It’s going to take a hard push from now to Nov. 6 to ensure that President Obama wins.”

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    Since his warmly received speech in Charlotte, N.C., Castro has barely left the national spotlight. After his debut, speculation turned immediately to his political ambitions. His celebrity then got an assist from comedian Jimmy Fallon. FoxNews.com went after his mother for her criticism of the Alamo. And on Sunday, he appeared on Meet the Press.

    Castro, though, tells his hometown paper that he’ll still be focused on his work in San Antonio, including the city budget and his early childhood education initiative, which calls for a one-eighth-cent city sales tax increase to fund full-day pre-K for more children (and which, along with Castro, has taken on something of a national profile since last week).

    The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-newspaper/texas-news/brief-top-texas-news-sept-10-2012/.

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