Presidential hopeful Julián Castro speaks at Murfreesboro event

Posted at 7:19 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 20:19:59-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro spoke in Murfreesboro on Sunday, delivering the keynote address at the Tennessee Democratic Party's 'Elevate Summit.'

Castro is one of 23 Democrats vying for the party's nomination. During his speech, Castro played up his role as an underdog in the primary race.

Castro is the former Mayor of San Antonio and served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Throughout his speech, Castro talked about how those experiences could guide him in the presidency.

The 44-year-old candidate said he was visiting Tennessee as part of his promise to take his campaign to all 50 states, noting that other candidates are spending time in Iowa, South Carolina or other states with early primaries. Tennessee's Democratic primaries are on March 3, 2020.

"l said that because I think it's important that Americans know that the next president needs to be a president for everybody and champion a nation where everybody counts again," Castro said about his promise.

In his speech, Castro said his first act as president would be recommitting the Unites States to the Paris Climate Accords. He also emphasized initiatives that would provide educational opportunities and healthcare for all Americans.