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Julián Castro: I Bet I Would Be First Presidential Candidate ‘With an Accent’ in The Name

Former HUD Secretary and potential 2020 hopeful Julián Castro stopped by The Daily Show to promote his memoir An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream.

Trevor Noah said it was “interesting” that Castro kept his name “Julián Castro” since his political opponents will “obviously” invoke Fidel Castro and immigration and asked him how he can prepare for such attacks. He responded by reflecting on his childhood when teachers used to call him “Julian” and it wasn’t until college when he was able to “define himself.”

“But I was thinking the other day, because I’m considering running in 2020, that I have always had the accent over my ‘a’ in my name that I bet if I did that that on the sign, that that would be the first time that anybody has run for president with the accent, an accent over a letter, something that simple but that is who you are and you should run as who you are.”

The Daily Show host then asked Castro what he would “do differently” if he went up against President Donald Trump in 2020.

“First of all, if I decide to run, I don’t think that you are going to beat Donald Trump by trying to be Donald Trump. I watch a lot of boxing. If you watch boxing or sports or other things, you see that often times people that are considered invincible are not beaten by somebody that has exactly the same skill set. They’re beaten by somebody that has a different style,” Castro said. “But maybe more importantly, it’s the folks who have been hopeful and optimistic and painted a strong vision for the future that especially as Democrats… So I think that the next nominee has to be able to stand up to Donald Trump and to call him out, but also to speak directly to the American people and offer a strong hopeful vision for the future.”

Watch the clip above, via Comedy Central.

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