Julian Castro: Not Interested in Running for President

Mayor of San Antonio discusses the progress of Hispanics in politics.
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Transcript for Julian Castro: Not Interested in Running for President
I'm very proud. -- kicked up off the session into just someone who is -- shining star. You've been hearing for weeks and weeks and weeks about this young Latino mayor from San Antonio that would be. The key note speaker. At this convention. And if he was the first Hispanic and a Democratic Convention. Definitely a lot of of expectation after in 2004 Barack Obama. Became the speaker and four years later the precedent. But now we have here -- -- someone and we want to make sure we see your hand first because I want to make sure that you are joining Castro and not working -- -- you can tell them apart. Mayor -- -- the public could -- them. It's great to see you -- did a great job I had an opportunity to -- -- a couple of weeks ago in San Antonio. And -- really tried to. Put. A little bit -- -- the expectations. That -- -- I am not Barack Obama I had I will we do this my way and I think a lot of people would agree that you did do this you what you did. We were able to talk about the opportunities are available in this countries to so many. But I have to begin to ask you tell me about your daughter because I think she upstaged him last night. -- -- Is three years old and of course was getting yesterday to. The part of my speech about. Sort of passing the torch to the next generation and now I would tell her words and -- I get -- that in the told that when I was pretty -- when we took it appreciate their first of repeated today. And I was on that line which is really the apex of the whole speech like the most emotional poignant line. And that the Jumbotron as her flipping her hair. So everybody starts laughing and I'm same offense and what -- -- the -- -- this. But sees -- he knew all he knew about yesterday it was you -- -- be speeds. So I think winning -- else in the years to com when she gets to see that and understand and on videos to have a really great time somebody gave -- good suggested this morning. That I should save that for her wedding reception one day and then play that for everybody. -- -- history and so did Carrino. We do have a very high profile role in this convention and -- been mentioned before in 2004 it was president Barack Obama. Who gave that speech and he became precedent but. Several other. People who have given keynote speeches have run for president eventually. Are your interest in running for president. Now and that's not gonna happen. -- they're also a lot of folks more folks who were given the speech and gone nowhere. -- so. There's true that there have been some folks who who have gone places. And people ask that. All the way up -- yesterday and even now of course but. I have never woken -- on any -- in my life instead I -- be president of the United States you know I got into politics. Because I wanted to. Make the community that I came from. A great city. And I have a real competitive streak for San Antonio. And the fact is that we have 29 statewide offices and Texas in the count between Republicans and Democrats is twenty ninth zero. So something has to change in state of Texas and lot deals have to vote -- -- -- much greater rate than their voting right now. In order for any Democrat not just need to think that they're -- elected statewide. -- For many people I think the most powerful and resonant image in your speech. Was when you said that the American dream is not a sprint or even a marathon it's a relay. Among generations and if you think in that context how would you assess. The trajectory the generational trajectory for the Hispanic population in the US you look at educational and economic attainment how is the relay going. I believe bit that America is working its magic. On. This demographic group the way that it has on others. That that that. Upward trajectory is happening in the Latino community let's -- take it through education. Just recently we saw -- new numbers on a surge in enrollment among Latinos in college. We have more Latinos today who are getting their Ph.D.s getting their masters graduating from college graduated from high school thankfully. Then we did when my mother was growing up. In in the field of in the realm of business the fastest growing segment of business owners are -- beat us. In the United States which is great. -- elected officials -- will tell you that since the early eighties. The number of a lot Beatles an elected office if you take everything from you know senate. Two school board level has tripled. So there's a progress that's been made. However we also have issues like SB 1070 in Arizona and voter ID laws that are being passed. And this -- Response that you're seeing in places like Alabama. So I think it's mostly been forward progress you're seeing that intergenerational progress my family is an example of that and that's what I told yesterday. But sometimes least we take a couple steps back like you've seen recently. One more question and -- your mother was a well known political activists but it worked essentially as an activist outside the system. The working inside. The system talk a little bit about how you are perspective of how social changes achieved differs from hers. Well you know my mother grew up in a different time my mother grew up when she would get punished for speaking Spanish in school she went to Catholic school for sixteen straight years. You know at a time when she was a girl that you would still see signs over -- in Texas news no Mexicans are dogs allowed you know on some stores. A time of overt discrimination. Statutory discrimination still. It's it's very different and so of course her outlook. And in her participation -- -- -- -- a movement I think was fitting for that time you needed a group out there like in any. Any any movement of progress you can have folks were -- him you know we're gonna protest. We're gonna try get folks -- we something needs to change now. And so I'm very proud of that. When I got elected mayor the first thing that I did on the Sunday that I got to move in. Was I put up 1971 campaign poster when she ran for City Council. Having said that. The blessing that I have as a younger -- -- -- is that my generation were the beneficiaries. Of her work her generation's work. The the good hard news good hearted -- -- and ability of Americans to become better as people as a nation. You know that has been a blessing to the younger generation and we see the glasses as half full by instinct you know and perhaps we're we're. Proud of our heritage were also able to operate you know in the corporate courtroom but also in the legislative chamber out neighborhoods. There's a new exciting generation of folks. Who who because the times of -- do have. A different approach. So it seems likely. That Ted Cruz will be elected. To the US senate from Texas from your own state of Texas and and if that happens. He will be I believe the fifth. Statewide. Elected official. Who -- Latino and Republicans if you count the governor of Puerto Rico it's five. And meanwhile the Democratic Party only has one in terms of senators and and and governors. Senator Menendez of New Jersey. You referred to from. The National Association of Latino Elected Officials a second ago and yes there are many more with an elected officials -- Democrats -- -- Republicans but not statewide. And the executive director of on the way -- said this has been a consistent Achilles heel for the Democratic Party. They haven't been nurturing of Hispanic leadership. I'm wondering if you think that that's the problem why Republicans outpace Democrats so much when it comes to looking as they want officials and also win. Can we look for Texas to be a purple state because of the changing demographics do you see that in the next ten years pointing -- thirty. I would say that both parties and in. Did both parties historically probably did did not do a good enough job of outreach to Latino community and cultivating leadership within the community. I believe that the jury still allowed -- regard to the effect. The wellspring of -- -- you know statewide candidates on the Republican side and I say that because if you -- we start actually getting into the mechanics of when these folks got elected. It was basically in the 2010 cycle a Tea Party cycle -- -- of historical wave of folks who rode into office and then. I think that Tea Party cycle was -- -- delayed in Texas and so we're seeing that would Terry crews now. So and I command all the folks governor son of -- governor Martinez senator rubio. Probably have who knows but senator maybe senator crews. The issue is not the personalities the issue really is the policies that's why. Present Obama is leading seven -- point five in the polls but there's your question about Texas. I believe that within the -- the next six -- -- years that what you're gonna sees is the acceleration of that state in new purple state. For two reasons the growth of the Latino community that is growing faster than any community. There was sixty. Think sixty -- percent of the growth in the last decade but secondly public policy polling had a fascinating cross tabs about a week and a half ago and. Poll on Virginia. Usually don't see this in polls -- republic. Reported publicly but it took Virginia for Romney vs Obama and Obama was beating Romney in Virginia fifty to 45. But among folks who lived in Virginia. For at least -- -- years Romney was winning 5145. Among folks who would only lived there ten years Obama was beating. Romney 6729. So the irony here is this. -- -- Texas has done relatively well. During these last couple of years of downturn and over the last couple of decades that state has been growing like crazy it's one of the fastest growing states. You have people moving in from moderate states into Texas in the Harris County Travis County -- county Dallas County. The combination of those two factors the growing Latino vote and the growing number of people who come from more moderate places. Are gonna change that stayed within the next sixty years by pointing pointing at the latest. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- me during our interview that Texas Latinos have done one of the lowest have one of the lowest voting. Patterson the country hot do you believe percent say that they vote twenty -- that 25 times less likely to vote. 30% net and as -- it there was a fascinating -- the other day that in California Latinos their vote. At 10% less the rate of the -- than the rate of the mainstream voters -- voter. That in Texas it's 25%. Less so even lot -- state Filipinos stage you wonder what the world is going on why and how do you change that. Well I think you change that through there. Old fashioned. Voter registration drives voter turnout drives. You know you Ron and I were talking about this off -- he had a very good point about unionization. Unionization -- unions is much stronger in California and Texas. They traditionally are big mobilize their votes. But also. I'm convinced that this is to tie it back to what you guys are doing that one of the most untapped segments in terms of trying to reach them. Of Latinos has been in this second generation third generation Latino that is not Spanish dominant. That is English dominant. At the same time the campaigns and really advertised as well but corporate America better than the campaigns. The campaigns have not been speaking. With advertising. -- that group of folks because they think that -- -- you know generally folks think that they got advertise in Spanish and that's hitting the -- the of -- And then they don't want to mix their messages in English or you're gonna have for the first time with this effort in a couple of others. A channel that really is getting -- be aimed at English dominant. Latinos and a broader audience but is going to reach that that. Demographic. That is it is it I think under appreciated. But can be -- very influential way. That the campaigns can can -- and mobilize a group. There right now isn't mobilize I would just -- -- one last point it was fascinating to see the breakdown of polling in terms of generational support for these candidates. And present Obama's support was strongest with new immigrant knew you knew were immigrants and weaker with second and third and fourth generation Latinos. -- that's exactly the folks that this. This new ventures could -- the English dominant crowd. So with all of that and with good grassroots efforts. I believe that you have a formula there for and being in the long run the -- vote. Natalie going on seconds which it was it one of the things you wanted to ask the mayor about I do I was. Like millions of Americans Google -- -- yesterday to find a little bit more. And I came across a very you Google my twin brother marquis -- life. I came across a very unusual story that a move like Dave have you share with everybody about. The parade incidents and 2005. Which reminded me of an episode of the Brady -- once where your brother actually. Was mistaken for you in a parade and it became I wouldn't call -- scandal that occur -- -- order of the Spanish word for her -- -- as. So I know a lot of dollar familiar with San Antonio and you know that one of our big interest yes write -- and attended dead. And so it's Antonio they're actually two different river -- And each time the City Council gets a -- -- and I was on the City Council at this time running for mayor and I what you can take family members I would always take my brother. It was during a campaign at the last minute I decided not to go. You know not to go on the parade but my brother was still there. And he stayed on the barge he was already in the Bartz told the people there -- was but the announcer. Just announced all of the City Council members. As if all of us were there. And so my political opponents were also on the larger one of -- was -- started seeing that we tried to fool people like it that he would -- me. So we -- we're not trying to do that nobody believed as you know because it was too good of a story. So we end up like Good Morning America The Today Show -- the early show. I had -- you know I've been. It's very up and down for seven years now that we didn't try to do that we only tried to -- one teacher in high school one time. It may get harder after last night -- --

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