November 25, 2019: Castro participated in a virtual town hall hosted by Indivisible. He also tweeted that he was 10,000 donors away from the December fundraising threshold.
November 24, 2019: Castro campaigned at the Siouxland Pride Alliance in Iowa.
November 23-24, 2019: Castro campaigned in Iowa with events in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Storm Lake, and Sioux City.
November 20, 2019: Castro wrote an op-ed in Shondaland about why he chose to continue his campaign after not qualifying for the November debate.
November 19, 2019: Castro discussed housing, poverty, and education during a campaign event in Atlanta.
November 16, 2019: Eight candidates, including Castro, participated in the Real América Presidential Forum hosted by the Democratic Party of California and Univision. The event took place as part of the state party's endorsing convention that weekend.
November 13, 2019: Castro released his policy plan for people with disabilities. He called for funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and repealing the subminimum wage program in Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
November 12, 2019: Castro attended an immigration roundtable in Iowa with refugees from Honduras and El Salvador.
November 10, 2019: While campaigning in Iowa, Castro called for the primary calendar to be restructured so that states representative of the country’s demographic diversity vote earlier than Iowa and New Hampshire.
November 7, 2019: Castro spoke at the Annie’s List dinner in San Antonio.
November 6, 2019: In an interview on The Soul of Nation with Jim Wallis, Castro discussed his Catholic faith and morality.
November 5, 2019: Castro aired a new ad in Iowa comparing his policies to Trump’s as part of a $50,000 ad buy.
November 4, 2019: Castro is firing staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina and will focus his campaign on Iowa and Nevada.
November 1, 2019: Castro reached his goal of raising $800,000 before the end of October and will remain in the race.
October 28, 2019: During the J Street conference, Castro said he would push for a U.S. consulate in east Jerusalem and restore United Nations funding to Palestine.
October 24, 2019: Castro attended a televised town hall on Latino issues hosted by LULAC and Newsmax.
October 23-24, 2019: Castro is campaigned in Iowa, including a stop at the University of Northern Iowa.
October 23, 2019: Castro released his criminal justice platform, “The First Chance Plan.” His proposals focus on housing, education, job training, and foster care policy, in addition to ending cash bail, solitary confinement for punitive purposes, and for-profit prisons.
October 21, 2019: Castro said he would end his campaign for president if he did not raise $800,000 by Oct. 31.
October 19-20, 2019: Castro will make his tenth campaign trip to Nevada over the weekend, including an event with the Las Vegas chapter of the National Organization for Women.
October 18, 2019: Castro is attending a roundtable discussion on racial profiling in Des Moines and a forum in Davenport.
October 17, 2019: Castro will attend a community block party hosted by Urban Dreams, Creative visions, and NAACP Des Moines in Iowa.
October 10, 2019: Castro released a foster care platform, calling for increased funding for foster care programs and allowing foster children the option to remain in foster care until they turn 21.
October 9, 2019: Castro talked with TMZ about China's decision not to air NBA games after Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressed support for protesters in Hong Kong. Castro said, "It's important for the NBA to stand up for the things that it says it believes in. …[F]ree speech is one of those things."
October 7, 2019: Castro visited a refugee camp across the border from Brownsville, Texas, where he criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
October 6, 2019: Castro appeared on NPR’s Off Script series, speaking about impeachment, Castro’s early-state polling performance, and whether Castro would consider running as a vice-presidential candidate.
October 2, 2019: Castro released his labor policy plan, focusing on promoting the right to organize and protecting domestic and farm workers.
September 30, 2019: Castro discussed impeachment on Off Script: 2020 Candidate Conversations.
September 30, 2019: Castro said he would not run for U.S. Senate in Texas if he were to leave the 2020 presidential race.
September 27, 2019: The Castro campaign opened a new headquarters in Reno, Nevada.
September 25, 2019: Castro campaigned in San Francisco.
September 18, 2019: Castro issued his housing plan with a focus on addressing rental affordability, aligning housing policy with climate policy, and increasing homeownership.
September 17, 2019: Castro discussed healthcare and activism in an interview with Ady Barkan on NowThisNews.
September 16, 2019: Castro hosted a birthday celebration with his twin brother, Joaquin, in San Antonio.
September 12, 2019: Castro participated in the third Democratic primary debate in Houston. ABC News and Univision broadcast the debate and Linsey Davis, David Muir, Jorge Ramos, and George Stephanopoulos moderated. The candidates discussed Medicare for All, criminal justice, international trade agreements, gun violence, military strategy in Afghanistan, education, and climate change. To read debate highlights for Castro, . Also on September 12, Castro spoke about decriminalizing migration, creating a climate refugee class, homelessness, and animal protection in an interview on The Ezra Klein Show.
September 10, 2019: Castro spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s presidential forum.
September 9, 2019: Castro held a rally in Houston, Texas.
September 7, 2019: Castro spoke at the Democratic Party of New Hampshire's annual convention along with 18 other candidates.
September 3, 2019: Castro released his “People and Planet First” environmental plan. “Together, we will direct $10 trillion in federal, state, local, and private investments over the next decade to create ten million good paying jobs, transition away from fossil fuels, build a 100 percent clean-energy economy, and lead the world in the 21st century,” he wrote in a Medium post introducing the plan.
August 30, 2019: Castro continued campaigning in South Carolina, with stops in Charleston and Beaufort.
August 29, 2019: Castro will be in Columbia, South Carolina, attending a roundtable on gun violence.
August 26-28, 2019: Castro campaigned in Nevada with stops at afterschool and homeless programs and the Nevada AFL-CIO convention.
August 20, 2019: Castro tweeted that he had reached with the polling requirement for the third and fourth Democratic presidential debates. Having already reached the fundraising threshold, he is the 10th candidate to qualify. Castro also issued a policy proposal on animal and wildlife protection.
August 16, 2019: Castro unveiled a series of tax and economic proposals. He said he would replace the estate tax with an inherited wealth tax and change how investments are valued for inheritances to prevent lowered tax rates. He also called for raising the capital gains tax rate from 20 percent to 40 percent for people who earn $400,000 or more. For lower-income households, no family would pay more than 7 percent of its income for childcare.
August 13, 2019: Castro purchased airtime during Fox & Friends to air a new ad directed at Trump, criticizing his rhetoric about immigrants.
August 12, 2019: Castro returned to Iowa, campaigning in Des Moines and Marshalltown.
August 10, 2019: Castro discussed tariffs and how trade policy was affecting farmers.
August 5, 2019: Castro appeared on MSNBC and CNN to discuss the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.
August 3, 2019: The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees held a public service forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Castro participated. Also on August 3-4, the 2020 Democratic candidatesrespondedtothe mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in formal statements, interviews, and tweets. Candidates focused on Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants, congressional inaction, and gun violence policies.
August 1, 2019: The Latino Victory Fund endorsed Castro.
July 31, 2019: The second night of the second Democratic presidential primary debate was broadcast from Detroit, Michigan, on CNN. Castro participated. At the debate, Castro presented his proposal on new policing standards. He also advocated decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings and criticized Joe Biden on immigration policy during their shared time in the Obama administration, saying “one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't.” He also said Donald Trump should be impeached immediately regardless of the political outcome. Also on July 31, The Texas Tribune published an interview with Castro campaign manager Maya Rupert about campaign strategy and policy.
July 26, 2019: Castro spoke at a forum hosted by the New Leaders Council Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
July 25, 2019: Castro expanded his campaign staff, bringing on former Arizona Democratic Party finance director Joseph Czajkowski and two other finance team members. He also hired a digital director, creative director, and two deputy communications directors. Castro also issued an indigenous communities policy proposal that would create tribal advisory committees within top government agencies and increase spending on healthcare, economic, and other programs for indigenous communities.
July 24, 2019: Castro, nine other Democratic candidates, and Republican candidate Bill Weld spoke at the NAACP’s 2020 Presidential Candidates Forum in Detroit, Michigan. Castro spoke about decertifying police officers involved in shootings of unarmed civilians and Ben Carson’s performance as secretary of housing and urban development in an interview on The Clay Cane Show.
July 21, 2019: NBC News reported that Castro added gender pronouns to his Twitter campaign bio, which is a common practice among the transgender community and its supporters.
July 19-21, 2019: Castro campaigned in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Iowa. He said he planned to hire more staff in New Hampshire.
July 16, 2019: Castro participated in a candidate forum in Davenport, Iowa, hosted by The Des Moines Register and AARP. Democracy Now!interviewed Castro about immigration, labor issues, and foreign policy.
July 13, 2019: Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee, and Elizabeth Warren attended Netroots Nation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Castro discussed income inequality and advocated housing vouchers and the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.
July 12-15, 2019: Castro campaigned in New HampshireandIowa.
July 11, 2019: Castro participated in a town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens at their annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
July 9, 2019: Castro said that in addition to decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings, he advocates repealing the law that makes it a felony to reenter the U.S. after deportation. Also on July 9, Castro and 12 other Democratic presidential candidates called on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign for his involvement in negotiating a plea agreement for Jeffrey Epstein in a 2008 sex trafficking case.
July 8, 2019: Castro announced he had reached the 130,000-donor threshold to qualify for the third and fourth Democratic primary debates. Castro also campaigned in Omaha, Nebraska.
July 6-8, 2019: Castro campaigned in Nevada and Iowa.
July 5, 2019: Castro was among the 10 candidates who spoke at the Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum in Texas.
July 2, 2019: Castro discussed campaign fundraising and immigration on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show.
July 1, 2019: Castro joined the Workers Defense Action Fund in Texas to discuss labor and immigration issues.
June 30, 2019: Castro appeared on MSNBC’s Kasie DC along with three other candidates. Castro campaigned across Texas.
June 27, 2019: Castro discussed his plan to decriminalize border crossings in an interview on The View.
June 26, 2019: At the first Democratic primary debate, Castro advocated establishing a Marshall Plan for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. He also condemned the metering policy on migrants seeking asylum and said he would decriminalize illegal border crossings.
June 25, 2019: In an interview with Religion News, Castro spoke of his Catholic upbringing, the relationship between religion and policy, and hate crimes.
June 24, 2019: Castro signed a pledge to revoke the 2001 Authorization of Military Force which has covered U.S. deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, among other areas.
June 22, 2019: Castro and 21 other Democratic candidates spoke at the South Carolina Democratic Convention. This was a record-breaking number of presidential candidates speaking at the state party's convention, The Greenville News reported. Castro and 19 other Democratic candidates also attended a forum hosted by Planned Parenthood. Castro also referred to a Trump tweet saying he called off a military strike against Iran 10 minutes before it was set to happen, and to Trump delaying raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the weekend, as "bull**** politics." Castro said Trump is "a political conman."
June 21, 2019: Castro and 21 other Democratic candidates attended Rep. Jim Clyburn’s (D) World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina.
June 20, 2019: Castro delivered the keynote speech at the national conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
June 19, 2019: Castro released the final part of his three-part housing plan, saying the plan—called "People First Housing"—would "help more families realize the dream of homeownership and...boost oversight of Wall Street's housing practices to ensure more families can stay in their homes."
June 17, 2019: Castro was one of 10 candidates that spoke at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington, D.C. Castro called for a federal guarantee of housing for the poor and said that housing was a human right. “Especially in the wealthiest nation on Earth, I don’t think there’s anybody who should go without a safe, decent place to live,” he said.
June 13, 2019: During a town hall on Fox News, Castro discussed immigration, abortion, the Trump administration’s foreign policy, and the Hatch Act.
June 12, 2019: Castro spoke at Living United for Change in Arizona about his policing standards platform.
June 11, 2019: Responding to the jury deadlock in the trial of border activist Scott Warren, Castro tweeted that his administration "will not criminalize humanitarian aid and will treat asylum seekers with compassion."
June 10, 2019: Castro proposed launching a presidential task force on lead poisoning and allocating $5 billion per year for a decade to replace lead pipes and address contamination.
June 8, 2019: Castro visitedFlint, Michigan. He previously visited the city in 2016 while serving as secretary of housing and urban development. He spoke with local officials about water filtration systems and food insecurity.
June 3, 2019: Castro released his policing platform. He called for establishing national standards for law enforcement conduct, increasing federal oversight of excessive force, and demilitarizing the police to improve community relations.
May 31, 2019: The Democratic Party of Californiaannounced that Castro would speak at its convention held May 31 to June 2. Castro announced he would participate in a Fox News town hall moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum and filmed live in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13. Castro also attended the Immigrant Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum in Pasadena, California, along with Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, and Bernie Sanders.
May 30, 2019: During an interview on The Gaggle podcast, Castro discussed how his economic and immigration policies would affect Arizona.
May 28, 2019: Castro discussed his Latino voter outreach strategy in an Associated Press article.
May 24, 2019: In an appearance on NPR’s Morning Edition, Castro discussed immigration and border crossings.
May 21, 2019: Castro discussed abortion, immigration, and the Housing and Urban Development budget in an interview on MSNBC’s The Last Word.
May 20, 2019: KUT News profiled Castro and his “People First” immigration platform.
May 19, 2019: While speaking at the Tennessee Democratic Party's 2019 Elevate Summit, Castro discussed integrity in office and why he chose to leave a job at a San Antonio law firm when it conflicted with his duties on the city council.
May 16, 2019: Castro joined a rally at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, where 15,000 workers were striking for one day.
May 15, 2019: In an interview with Mother Jones, Castro discussed his immigration policy, Medicare, and impeaching Trump.
May 13, 2019: Castro released his education platform, calling it a “People First Education” policy. His plan would provide universal pre-K education funded through grants to state and local governments, eliminate tuition at public universities and technical schools, and change interest rate rules for student loan debt.
May 12, 2019: Castro campaigned in Fresno, California, and appeared in an interview on local network KSEE.
May 9, 2019: Castro’s campaign staff unionized with representation from the Campaign Workers Guild.
May 8, 2019: In an interview with The New York Times, Maya Rupert discussed outreach to Latino voters and being Castro’s campaign manager.
May 6, 2019: Castro campaigned in New Hampshire, marking his fourth visit to the state.
May 3, 2019: Castro announced that he had met the 65,000-donor threshold for the first Democratic presidential primary debates. In an interview with Vice, Castro said he believed his path to the White House ran through Texas and Nevada.
May 1, 2019: Castro discussed reproductive healthcare at the South Texas Planned Parenthood Luncheon.
April 30, 2019: Castro tweeted that Attorney General William Barr should be impeached following his handling of the Mueller report.
April 29, 2019: During a segment on WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidate” series, Castro his personal history and gun legislation. “I support universal background checks, limiting the capacity of magazines and also an updated assault weapons ban," Castro said.
April 26-28, 2019: Castro campaigned in Nevada and New Hampshire.
April 23, 2019: Castro was in San Antonio during the city’s Fiesta San Antonio event.
April 22, 2019: Castro announced that he would create an office within the Department of Justice specifically to address what he called racially discriminatory policing.
April 17, 2019: The New York Timesprofiled Castro and the challenges his campaign is facing to gain momentum.
April 15, 2019: While campaigning in Iowa, Castro discussed the state’s caucuses and immigration in an interview with Radio Iowa.
April 14, 2019: Castro raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. His campaign reported that he had raised another $550,000 in the first two weeks of April following increased digital fundraising efforts. Julia Ager, the former chief digital officer at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, joined his campaign in mid-March.
April 11, 2019: CNN featured Castro in a town hall Thursday night, where he discussed the Trump administration’s immigration policies, expunging criminal records for people imprisoned for marijuana use, reparations, and being the only Latino candidate in the field.
April 10, 2019: Castro held an event in San Antonio, Texas, focused on immigration and intended to be a counter-rally to a visit from Trump.
April 9, 2019: Castro appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, where he discussed the Mueller report, Trump administration, and immigration.
April 8, 2019: Castro criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would annex the West Bank if re-elected. “In abandoning our position as a good faith partner in the Middle East peace process, the Trump admin has enabled reckless actions like this from Netanyahu. US support for a two-state solution is on the line in November 2020,” Castro tweeted.
April 6, 2019: Castro held his first California rally, discussing his immigration platform and Central America foreign policy.
April 1, 2019: Castro released his immigration policy proposal, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million individuals residing in the U.S. without legal permission and repeal Section 1325, a law which makes it a federal crime to illegally cross the border.
April 1, 2019: The Guardian profiled Castro, tracking his path from the mayor of San Antonio to U.S. secretary of housing and urban development to presidential candidate.
March 30, 2019: Castro campaigned in Iowa and Nevada from Mar. 30-31. He was interviewed by NBC 5 Dallas Fort-Worth on Mar. 28.
March 19, 2019: Castro held a campaign event in Dallas, Texas. He told attendees that he supports universal, national pre-K, and Medicare for All and that he would recommit to the Paris Climate Accord on his first day in office.
March 18, 2019: Castro campaigned in New Hampshire, where he discussed not being the frontrunner in the race.
March 17, 2019: Castro campaigned in South Carolina, including a visit to the site of the future International African American Museum.
March 15, 2019: Castro received endorsements from 30 Texas politicians, including San Antonio city council members and 17 state legislators. He was also endorsed by former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros.
March 14, 2019: Castro called for the equivalent of a modern-day Marshall Plan in Central America, with a focus on El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
March 11, 2019: Vicente Gonzalez became the third member of the Texas congressional delegation to endorse Castro.
March 10, 2019: Speaking at SXSW, Castro said he would create a commission to investigate reparations for slavery. He also discussed his decision to go on the national stage instead of remaining in Texas.
March 6, 2019: KLAS TV posted an interview with Castro about immigration and border security.
March 5, 2019: Castro campaigned in Los Angeles as part of a strategy focused on securing delegates from states with large Latino populations, including California, Nevada, and Texas.
March 1, 2019: Castro spoke at the California Latino Legislative Caucus Conference in Anaheim, California, Friday. His policy focus on education was also profiled by NBC News.
February 28, 2019: With Julian Castro visiting Idaho and Utah during the week, Houston Chronicle published an overview of his campaign’s decision to use a 50-state strategy rather than focus on the early voting states.
February 27, 2019: Castro campaigned in Utah, becoming the first 2020 presidential candidate to visit the state.
February 26, 2019: Castro campaigned in Idaho, saying, “What I want people in Idaho to know is that I believe everybody counts in America. I came here even though Democrats don’t often come here because I know that you count, too.”
February 25, 2019: Castro hired new staffers for his national and New Hampshire operations: Shereen Zaid as director of scheduling and advance, Manny Espitia as New Hampshire state director and Lauren Reyes as New Hampshire organizing director.
February 24, 2019: Gillibrand and former U.S. Secretary of Housing Julian Castro appeared on Insiders with David Price, where they discussed Medicare for All.
February 21, 2019: In an interview with The Root, Castro said he would consider a plan for reparations for black Americans.
February 20, 2019: Castro appeared on a segment of WBUR’s Here and Now, where he discussed immigration, Medicare for All, low-income housing, and his Catholicism.
February 20, 2019: Castro was scheduled to travel to Iowa on Feb. 21, marking his first visit to the state as a presidential candidate.
February 17, 2019: Castro pledged to visit all 50 states as part of his campaign. Castro, who had already traveled to New Hampshire, California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, announced his plans to visit Iowa for the first time as a candidate.
February 6, 2019: Castro appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch the interview here.
February 2, 2019: Castro discussed the Trump administration, bilingualism in Latino communities, and trade with New York Magazine. Read the interview here.
January 27, 2019: Castro said an independent presidential run by Howard Schultz would siphon votes away from Democrats in 2020. “I have a concern that if he did run that, essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected,” Castro said.