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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to Deliver Democratic National Convention Keynote: VIDEO


The keynote speaker has been chosen for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and he is the first Hispanic leader to deliver it, the AP reports:

The party announced Tuesday that Mayor Julián Castro would deliver the high-profile, prime-time address on the convention’s opening night. First lady Michelle Obama will also address the convention delegates — and a television audience across the country — on the same night, Sept. 4.

Castro, 37, is the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city and the first Hispanic selected to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention...As keynote speaker, Castro will step into the same role that propelled Obama into the national political spotlight.

Watch Castro's announcement video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Just to contradict the AP, Luke Ravenstahl, the mayor of Pittsburgh, is 32. I like to think we're a major US city, but maybe that's just hometown pride.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 31, 2012 10:07:22 AM

  2. He was a grand marshal of the San Antonio gay pride parade:

    Posted by: I | Jul 31, 2012 10:59:56 AM

  3. He has a twin brother Joaquin who is also a politician. They should both come out and deliver the speech simultaneously.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 31, 2012 11:51:19 AM

  4. How odd that Antonio Villaragosa of Los Angeles wasn't available for the spotlight that he seeks so constantly.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 31, 2012 3:21:19 PM

  5. Elizabeth Warren should be delivering the keynote /sigh.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 31, 2012 5:45:15 PM

  6. Elizabeth Warren is speaking later in the week before former President Clinton and President Obama. More people will be watching on that night.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 31, 2012 6:07:33 PM

  7. Villaragosa, ick!!! What a huge disappointment.

    Looking forward to finding out more about this guy. Even if it is bumper sticker ready I'm digging on the close with "Estamos unidos." - Estados Unidos. Kinda cool

    Posted by: yikes | Jul 31, 2012 7:32:18 PM

  8. He sounds promising, and I'm looking forward to hearing his speech!

    Posted by: lazerlightbeam | Jul 31, 2012 7:40:05 PM

  9. Mayor Castro is very much supportive of LGBT rights. He signed the Freedom to Mary Pledge and pushed for San Antonio to include domestic partner benefits for city employees.

    He keynoted the Texas Democratic Convention this year ( and it's quite the honor to keynote the National Convention. With Hispanic voters key to the election, having him as the first Hispanic to keynote the Convention is great.

    One of my favorite videos, though, was when he poked fun at Charles Barclay during the NBA playoffs. Yes, he also has a sense of humor (

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 1, 2012 2:38:19 AM

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