OZY Video: Julián Castro on Rising Latino Stars

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Why you should care

Because this young Texas politician is on the ascent. 

The second in a series of videos from OZY’s interview with HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Could Julián Castro be “the next Obama”? That’s the hope — and the fear — in political circles left and right, and the chatter these days is that the fresh-faced politico, who is only 40 years old, could be tapped as Hillary Clinton’s VP nominee.

Yes, Castro’s star is rising — but then, it’s been rising for a while. At 34, he became one of the youngest mayors of San Antonio, Texas — the nation’s seventh-largest city — and when he was 37, he gave the keynote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Two years later, President Obama appointed him secretary of housing and urban development.

Obviously, OZY had to find out what’s next for Castro. And that’s just what Carlos Watson, OZY’s CEO and co-founder, tried to do. He also got Castro’s take on the rise of Latino politicians (including why so many of them lean right), the future of Mexican-Americans in California and whether Texas will ever turn blue.

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