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Castro's keynote a winner at Democratic Convention

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KEYNOTER JULIAN CASTRO
  • KEYNOTER JULIAN CASTRO
I watched little of the Republican National Convention because I was traveling, but doubt I'll spend much more time with the Democrats' stagecraft. (A Paul Ryan fibs drinking game, in retrospect, could have been sporting.)

But I did see Julian Castro, the San Antonio mayor last night, and agree with the New York Times' warm assessment.

Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio made his national debut on Tuesday evening at the Democratic convention, presenting himself as a generational testament to American opportunity that would not have been possible without hard work and a helping hand.

Castro, genial and fluid, took plenty of pokes at Mitt Romney, notably the Republican zillionaire's classically clueless suggestion on how struggling Americans could get ahead.


He suggested that Mr. Romney and other Republicans were out of touch, noting a speech Mr. Romney gave in Ohio this year in which he urged students to start a business by borrowing money from their parents.

“Gee, why didn’t I think of that?” Mr. Castro said with a smile. “Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn’t determine whether you can pursue your dreams. I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. I think he’s a good guy. He just has no idea how good he’s had it.”

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