Julian Castro says he's ready to help more "Americans achieve their dreams"
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 01:08
May 23 - President Barack Obama announces his intent to nominate HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan as OMB Director and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to replace him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro accepted on Friday (May 23) President Obama's nomination to be next secretary of housing and urban development, replacing current Secretary Shaun Donovan.
"I look forward to being part of a department that will help ensure that millions of Americans all across the country have the chance to get good, safe, affordable housing and reach their American dreams," Castro said. "And if confirmed, I stand ready to assist you, Mr. President, your administration and local officials across the country to ensure that we do housing and because of it more Americans achieve their dreams."
The switch brings a high-profile Latino leader who is a rising star in Democratic politics into the Obama administration and moves Donovan, a long-serving Cabinet member, into the president's inner circle at the Office of Management and Budget.
Obama made the announcement at the White House, flanked by Castro and Donovan and Vice President Joe Biden.
"The President is thrilled that Secretary Donovan will take on this next role and believes that Mayor Castro is the right person to build on his critical work at HUD based on his work in San Antonio," the White House official said in a statement.
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