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Julian Castro DNC speech...a rising star in the party

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    Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, gave a riveting speech to the DNC tonight somewhat reminiscent of the then Senator Obama's speech to the DNC in 2004.  Julian Castro has a promising political future...perhaps as Texas Governor or even President.

    Transcript: Julian Castro's DNC Keynote Addres
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    Schmidt Wrote: Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, gave a riveting speech to the DNC tonight somewhat reminiscent of the then Senator Obama's speech to the DNC in 2004.  Julian Castro has a promising political future...perhaps as Texas Governor or even President.

    Transcript: Julian Castro's DNC Keynote Addres


    Schmidt........

    He was awesome....a true American living the American dream. In the future like Steve Schmidt said.....we may one day see Presidential candidates in the like of Julian Castro and a Marco Rubio.  In his brilliant speech I can feel his passion advocating for the education and future of the children, the next generation.  Which, I am so passionate about myself.  When I see children, I look at all of them as the future generation who will carry the torch of what we have work so hard for to become responsible citizen of this country.  He acknowledged that in his speech tonight.   Above all, he showed in so many subtle ways that Romney has got it all wrong, about the children of immigrants.  NO HAND OUTS NO WELFARE...just pure hard work, tenacity, and conviction.   As President Obama also once said in one of his speeches, quote "it is only in America that your dreams becomes a reality."  Unquote, I was very well impress with the weight he carried with that speech.  Bravo. 
    He was a Stanford educated, Harvard law graduate.  Same as his twin brother Joaquin who is now running for US Representative for Texas. 
    Thanks for the script of his speech....I sure do appreciate that.
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    Some of my favorite lines were in his conclusion as the cameras focused on his daughter, Carina Victoria::

    "Today, my beautiful wife Erica and I are the proud parents of a three-year-old little girl, Carina Victoria, named after my grandmother.

    "A couple of Mondays ago was her first day of pre-K. As we dropped her off, we walked out of the classroom, and I found myself whispering to her, as was once whispered to me, "Que dios te bendiga." "May God bless you." She's still young, and her dreams are far off yet, but I hope she'll reach them. As a dad, I'm going to do my part, and I know she'll do hers. But our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part, as one community, one United States of America, to ensure opportunity for all of our children.

    "The days we live in are not easy ones, but we have seen days like this before, and America prevailed. With the wisdom of our founders and the values of our families, America prevailed. With each generation going further than the last, America prevailed. And with the opportunity we build today for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail.


    "It begins with re-electing Barack Obama. It begins with you. It begins now. Que dios los bendiga. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America."

    Speeches are important, but equally so is being able to deliver on promises. As mayor of San Antonio he can proudly run on his credentials.

    I didn't know much about Julian Castro or his twin brother before tonight.  I expect we'll hear much more about both of them in the future.
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    I thought Julian Castro and Michelle Obama's speeches were both great last night. I wasn't familiar with Julian Castro until a news story about him and his brother before his speech at the DNC. I loved the tone of the optimism and minimum amount of political bashing. I know things are bad for most of us but I can't help but feel they could be worst. Look at what the President has been up against. A legislative branch that accomplishes next to nothing and a judicial branch that has opened the valve on political corruption.

    The RNC tone was more of an atmosphere like a convention of hate mongers and used car salesmen. So much negativity and deceit. Especially when you have to look at the faces and hear the rhetoric of con artists like Daniel Reed and Grover Norquish. Romney was really out of line with his "lowering the oceans" comment. I thought it was very demeaning to the President's environmental concerns. 
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    FreedomFighter----

    IGNORANCE is the culprit that corrode the thinking power of these people.  Romney might be savvy in Finance, but a total ignorant when it comes to Science (Scientific findings). and yes, the RNC were regarded as  the HATE FORUM FOR OBAMA and not as a Republican forum to envision anything good they can do for the country,  The RNC were full of HATE and LIES.....for gad sake I wasted 90 minutes of my time to learn how to hate and how to lie.  Boy! these people are veterans to all these, I'm a rookie trying to learn the rope of their trade. I think I'd just settle to my old ways, stick to the Truth and be good to my neighbor. 
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    The Left is ALWAYS Right ;)
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    interesting...drilling down into the comments made by our SATX Mayor, Mr Castro, I wondered a few things that really seemed stated yet overlooked by those who reviewed it:

    1. Was Julian's grandmother a legal or illegal Mexican since she ran from Mexico?

    2. Did she become an American under the Naturalization process as her daughter was born here?

    3. Julian never mentioned his grandfather? Was he in SA, Mexico, or dead, or just away from the famil, Julian never mentioned him at all??

    4. Julian also never mentioned his father? Was his father around, alive, in Mexico, or just not with thefamily?

    5. The reason I post these questions is for these possible outcomes:

    the grandmother may have been illegal, did not stay married to the grandfather,thus would be on welfare candidate, with medicare for herself and her daughter, Julian's mother....additionally, julian's mother...never mentioned the father which also sets up the possibility of welfare, medicare for the children, and food stamps all around.

    6. Julian mentioned he went to Harvard and his brother Stanford, yet if his grand mother never owned a home, andthey all live together, the family never paid real estate taxes from which the public schools are financed....but the boys go to Ivy league schools at a cost of over $100,000?

    7. jULIAN MENTIONED IN HIS SPEECH SHARE FINANCILA RESPONSIBILITY, EQUAL DISTRIBUTION, OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION, ETC ETC...YET HE MNEVER MENTIONED HOW TO PAY FOR IT?? COULD IT BE THE SAME AS oBAMA...TAX THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES OF WHICH WARREN BUFFET IS ONE, AND HE OWES THE IRS OVER $1 BILLION IS TAXES THAT ARE 190 YEARS OLD, BUT SINCE HE IS CLOSE WITH potus NO RECOVERY NOR ANY INVESTIGATION BY THE BIASED MEDIA.

    8. NOW I HOPE THE FORUM WILL ASK THE SAME QUESTIONS THAT I RAISE FOR THE MAJOR...HOW DID THIS HAPEN . WHOSE TO PAY FORIT, AND WHAT DOES EQUAL DISTRIBUTION AND FAIR SHARE MEAN IN DEMOCRATIC POLITICS WHEN IT SEEMS DEMOCRATS ARE NOT PAYING THAT NOW, NOR THE 49% OF AMERICANS UNDER THE TAX CODE WHO DONT PAY YET GET CREDITS, EIC, AND REFUNDS WITH NO TAX LIABILITY?

    9. AS A SAN ANTONIOIAN, THESE QUESTIONS SEEMD APPARENT TO ME, YET IT IS HARD TO GET ANSWERS. ALL I ASK FOR IS FULL DISCLOSURE.

    FRANK WEISS....FORMUM MEMBER
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    Frank Weiss Wrote:

    6. Julian mentioned he went to Harvard and his brother Stanford, yet if his grand mother never owned a home, andthey all live together, the family never paid real estate taxes from which the public schools are financed....but the boys go to Ivy league schools at a cost of over $100,000?


    FRANK WEISS....FORMUM MEMBER


    JULIAN & JOAQUIN CASTRO (TWIN BROTHERS) WERE BOTH EDUCATED AT STANFORD AND BOTH ARE HARVARD LAW GRADUATES, BOTH ARE LAWYERS.

    From Wikipedia:

    Castro was born in San Antonio on September 16, 1974[2] to Maria "Rosie" Castro and Jessie Guzman.[3] He is the identical twin brother of politician Joaquín Castro.[2] His mother was a Chicana political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida which means "The United Race".[4] She ran unsuccessfully for San Antonio City Council in 1971.[2] Known for being a firebrand, she regards The Alamo as a symbol of bad times and has stated, "I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for."[5] Castro has said, "My mother is probably the biggest reason that my brother and I are in public service. Growing up, she would take us to a lot of rallies and organizational meetings and other things that are very boring for an 8-, 9-, 10-year-old".[6] His father, Jessie Guzman, was a community activist in the 1970s and a retired math teacher. Never married, Rosie and Jessie separated when Castro was eight years old.[4] Castro was raised on the west side of San Antonio. His family's San Antonio roots trace back to 1920, when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, joined extended family members there as a 6-year-old orphan from northern Mexico.[2]

    He was a sports buff growing up, as he collected trading cards and played football and basketball before taking up tennis in high school.[7] He had received an offer to play tennis at Trinity University, a NCAA Division III school.[8] Castro skipped his sophomore year[9] and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1992.[10] He graduated in 1996 from Stanford University, majoring in political science and communications. He is part of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) class of 1995. He said he began thinking about entering politics while at Stanford,[4] where he and his brother launched their first campaigns and won student senate seats, tying for the highest number of votes.[2] Castro has credited affirmative action for his admission into Stanford, telling The New York Times, "Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life".[5] Castro entered Harvard Law School in 1997 and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2000.[11][12] His brother graduated from both schools with him.[4]

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    Sabrina --

    Thanks for responding.  I'll just emphasize a couple of lines;

    His family's San Antonio roots trace back to 1920, when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, joined extended family members there as a 6-year-old orphan from northern Mexico.

    Castro has credited affirmative action for his admission into Stanford, telling The New York Times, "Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life". Castro entered Harvard Law School in 1997 and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2000. His brother graduated from both schools with him.


    Julian Castro's roots in San Antonio are strong...people should check facts before they raise innuendo. Oh but Republicans don't like fact checkers.  They get in the way of innuendo.

    Julian Castro and his brother are success stories of why affirmative action works.  We should hold them up as examples of why we need to continue affirmative action.  But before any Republicans jump on me for that, just remember that George W. Bush was a product of affirmative action of a different kind...the kind where kids of the wealthy and privileged get into esteemed colleges like Yale and Harvard despite having dubious academic credentials.

    All citizens of San Antonio should of course know these points about their mayor. It's not a secret...not like Romney's tax havens...and his billionaire donors...and his "arithmetic" when it comes to his proposed spending plans.