RadioOnFire.com – Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced the end to his campaign on Thursday.
“It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today,” Castro tweeted. “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight.”
The former Obama administration Housing and Urban Development secretary announced the conclusion of his White House bid after falling short in polling, fundraising and eventually failing to make the November and December debate stages. He was one of the first Democrats to declare his candidacy back in January and announced it in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where he previously served as councilman and later as one of the youngest mayors of a top 50 American city.
Castro, the first Mexican-American to have sought the presidency, was at times progressive in his policy proposals, pushing for the decriminalization of border crossings, reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves and calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Castro has also held moderate positions on major topics in the Democratic field, such as opposing the elimination of private insurance for “Medicare for All” and infamously tousling with former Vice President Joe Biden at the September debate co-hosted by ABC News and Univision — when he argued that under Biden’s health care plan people would have to buy in in order to be enrolled after losing their insurance.
Although consistently one of the first candidates to comment or call for controversial actions, Castro still faced many headwinds as a candidate with limited name recognition.