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Democrat from Texas

Julián Castro is a former U.S. secretary of Housing & Urban Development. He was the youngest member of Barack Obama’s cabinet, serving from 2014 to 2017. Just before he became secretary of HUD, he was the mayor of San Antonio, elected in 2009. Castro received a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 2019, he announced he is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

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Fact-checking Julián Castro’s claim that asylum ‘metering’ caused drowning of father, daughter

The photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his toddler daughter who drowned prompted a discussion about asylum policy at the first Democratic presidential debate. 

Harris, Swalwell, Williamson: A quick look at the Californians on tonight’s debate stage

Three Californians — Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and self-help author Marianne Williamson — will make their case to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee at tonight's debate in Miami. PolitiFact California has this look at their biographies, top issues and recent fact checks on them. 

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Miami, night 1

The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle.

Who is Julián Castro? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Julián Castro is a former mayor of San Antonio and the only Latino running for president. Castro touts "People First" policies and proposes overhauls of the education and immigration systems.

Julián Castro, vice presidential prospect, and the Truth-O-Meter

Texan Julián Castro is reportedly among Democrats being vetted to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.


To date, the HUD secretary and former San Antonio mayor has a Half True through True PolitiFact record. We’ve checked nearly a dozen Castro claims.