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Midday Update: Julian Castro Courts Latinos for Obama

by Newsteam Staff
September 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: Delegates wave during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

At Tuesday night’s Democratic Convention, keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, urged Latino voters to support President Barack Obama’s reelection effort because of his action to “lift the shadow of deportation” for a generation of young immigrants (Bloomberg).

“My family’s story isn’t special,” he said if his family’s immigration story. “What’s special is the America that makes our story possible. Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.”

The Democratic convention continues tonight with more speakers on a variety of domestic and foreign policy issues, including immigration, energy and education; the formal nomination of Barack Obama as the Democrat’s 2012 candidate for president and a keynote address from former president Bill Clinton (Reuters).


The Democratic party platform, unveiled Tuesday, leaves out previous language describing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sparking a convention-week debate and garnering attention overseas (WSJ). The Wall Street Journal notes that the platform is not binding on a president but may underscore “a continuing challenge for Mr. Obama as some critics have persistently questioned his support for Israel, even while he insists it is strong.”

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney issued a statement saying, “It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”


The Obama campaign is renewing its push to win over military and veteran voters–a traditionally Republican demographic–with talk of benefits and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (USAToday).


Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), 2004 presidential candidate and Vietnam veteran, is expected to sell President Obama as the toughest candidate on national security — a relatively new role for Democratic presidents — in his Thursday convention speech, writes Politico‘s Manu Raju.

– Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

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