San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks out against Arkansas voter ID law

Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas (photo courtesy Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau)

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, was in Arkansas Tuesday speaking to students at UALR about the political implications of the changing demographics in the U.S.

In an interview with KATV, Castro also spoke out against the controversial voter I. D. law.

"I do believe there's going to be a negative impact to certain communities including Hispanics and seniors. Of course, these laws are new, so we'll have to see now that it's been implemented what the research shows," Castro said.

Castro gave a landmark speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, which propelled him to Democratic Party stardom. He said his speech has certainly impacted his career.

"Well it's probably helped in terms of providing a bigger platform, but I'm still focused on San Antonio, I'm the mayor of San Antonio and that's why I get up every day and go to work," Castro said.

Some in politics were even buzzing about a potential run for president in 2016 or for Texas governor, but Castro said he has ruled that out.

"I have yeah, I'm not going to do that. It's very flattering, the idea, but I'm the mayor of San Antonio and I'm going to be there for a while," Castro said, adding that he hopes Texas State Senator Wendy Davis will run for governor.

As for his support in 2016, Castro believes a Hillary Clinton candidacy would "clear the field for the other candidates" if she chose to run.

"I think she's going to be a great candidate if she runs," Castro said.

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