Brand & Martinez for September 5, 2012

Did Julian Castro's keynote strike the right chords?

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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State Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)(L) waves with his brother San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro during day one of the Democratic National Convention.

Last night, Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas delivered a rousing keynote address at the DNC in Charlotte. Many reporters described the moment as the "most important political speech of his career," but whether the 37-year-old's words struck a chord among voters is still a matter of opinion.

The speech emphasized education, and the value of social welfare, hammering the point that "freedom isn't free, but neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it."

"In Texas, we believe in the rugged individual," said Castro. "Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them [...] but we also recognize that there are some things, that we can't do alone."

Here to talk about Castro and his future in Texas and nationally is NPR's Wade Goodwyn.


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