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Clinton 'Looking Hard' at Castro for VP

She picks up HUD secretary's endorsement
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2015 12:39 AM CDT
Clinton 'Looking Hard' at Castro for VP
Hillary Clinton is seen with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro during a campaign event Thursday in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Clinton-Castro 2016? Hillary Clinton was in San Antonio on Thursday for a "Latinos for Hillary" rally and she told reporters that she was seriously considering Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro as a potential running mate, Reuters reports. At the rally, the former San Antonio mayor gave Clinton his endorsement, saying she is someone who "appeals to Americans of all backgrounds and colors, different perspectives, and walks of life," and that "she has always, always been there for us, and today we're here for her." Asked if she might pick the 41-year-old for VP, Clinton said, "I am going to look really hard at him for anything, because that's how good he is."

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Castro is the second member of President Obama's Cabinet, after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, to endorse Clinton, Reuters notes. "Now that the campaign is getting into gear, I felt like it was time," Castro tells the New York Times. The San Antonio event is part of a Clinton push to register more Latino voters, reports the Times, which notes that Clinton registered Latino voters in the area as an organizer for George McGovern's 1972 campaign. "I was a blond girl from Chicago. I hardly knew a word of Spanish, but I drove around South Texas and the Valley," she told the rally. "I made friends of a lifetime, so for me this is personal." (This columnist thinks President Obama could be Clinton's ideal VP.)

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