Following appearances last night by old guard Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid–and even a tribute to Ted Kennedy, the party unveiled its newest rising star: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. His Tuesday night keynote speech in Charlotte sought to energize the base and the Hispanic vote, and even position him to run for higher office in the near future.
Whether his speech evoked the same emotions of then-Senator Barack Obama’s keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, or if he failed to meet that high standard was up for debate this morning. What was clear from Castro’s speech last night is how the Democrats hope to tap into the Hispanic demographic by positioning themselves as the party that can help them continue to succeed in achieving the American dream. Castro joined the National Journal to discuss those aspects of his speech this morning.