In 2008 Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States of America. This begs the question, Can we expect more diversity filling the White House in the near future? While there is still the 2012 election to be decided come November 6th, some experts are looking forward to the possibility of a Hispanic President as soon as 2016. A frontrunner in many people’s minds is San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro.
Mayor Castro was first elected mayor in 2009 after serving for years as a city councilman for San Antonio as well. The Stanford University and Harvard Law graduate is now most known for his keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention this past week. The role of keynote speaker was filled by another young politician in 2004 by the name of Barack Obama.
Castro’s speech and political resume as mayor have begun to earn him comparisons to President Obama. The experts making these comparisons are also speculating that Mayor Castro may follow in President Obama’s footsteps from the podium at the Democratic Convention to the Oval Office. Both men share similar success stories of rising from humble beginnings. In the 2008 election Obama’s background inspired many voters to come out and participate in the election. A very important group this election season is the Hispanic voters. With Mayor Castro speaking at the convention, the Obama administration hopes to appeal to more of the Hispanic voters this November.
More importantly for Mayor Castro was the publicity that he received because of his rousing speech. Castro is gaining support and gaining it quickly. Is it possible that he will complete his rise to popularity with a Presidential bid? What do you think?