A Preview of Mayor Castro’s Speech

In conversations with friends and colleagues, the one thing we have all agreed on is that SA Mayor Julian Castro’s speech should not be all about himself. It should be about President Obama, his policies, and the need to move forward. Of course, Castro’s own story is quite compelling. MYSA.com featured a preview today.

Castro, tapped by President Barack Obama to deliver the keynote address, said he would “talk about what is important for tomorrow” and draw comparisons in policies championed by Obama and those of his Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Romney pledged last week to create 12 million jobs to boost the economy.

Castro said he would accentuate the need to invest in future generations, not just “the wealthy few.”

“I’m going to be talking to the American people as a whole, talking about some of the more important issues. … in this election cycle,” Castro told reporters at the Charlotte Convention Center.

And there was also this.

Republicans also gave Latinos high-profile exposure at their convention in Tampa, Fla., last month, featuring New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Ted Cruz, the Republican U.S. Senate nominee from Texas.

Castro said comparisons between his speech and those by other Latinos were inevitable, and he shrugged off any apparent nervousness from that alone.

“Aside from the personalities,” he said, “it’s the policies.”

Castro said he would not delve into specifics of his speech but that it would touch on domestic issues such as immigration, the roots of his family and opportunities that have led to achievement.

“I have things I want to say,” Castro said.

I particularly like the one about opportunities which have led to achievement. It is a message the rest of America must hear.

Of course, the most important aspect of a speech is its delivery. Given his recent speech at the Texas Democratic Convention, the factors of prime-time TV and the energy of the packed DNC convention hall provide the needed ingredients for an empowering night.


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