Shortly after ending his bid for the White House, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for the 2020 race.
“Today I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren for president. Elizabeth and I share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people — not the wealthy or well-connected — are put first. I’m proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change,” Castro tweeted.
A new video shows Castro sitting down with Warren, discussing how their campaigns had similar visions for the future of America. Castro’s immediate endorsement of Warren raises flags about whether or not Castro was actually running for vice president, not president, all along.
Today I'm proud to endorse @ewarren for president.
Elizabeth and I share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people—not the wealthy or well-connected—are put first. I'm proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change. pic.twitter.com/xDvMEKqpF3
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 6, 2020
In February 2019, Castro appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and claimed he would not be interested in being Vice President.
“Is it possible you might want to be vice president if the president thing doesn’t work out?” Kimmel asked.
“No, no, I’ve been there and done that last time,” Castro said.
No presidential candidate can garner legitimate support by suggesting they want to run for vice president when they are in the race to be president of the United States. So of course Castro told Kimmel he was not interested in the position of VP. At the beginning of the 2008 race, Joe Biden was not interested in becoming Barack Obama’s vice president, but we all know how that turned out.
While a Jimmy Kimmel segment from nearly a year ago may suggest Castro is not interested in running for vice president, his immediate Warren endorsement would say otherwise.
According to CNN, Castro was among the list of potential running mates for Hillary Clinton. However, it was noted that Castro’s lack of experience was an area of concern for Democrats. By running in the 2016 field, Castro attempted to fill the gap that may have cost him the 2016 running mate position.
Given his new campaign experience, Castro has postured himself perfectly to be Warren’s 2020 running mate.