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Dem Keynoter Sets Tough Tone

In a Friday, June 8, 2012 photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston.(Pat Sullivan/AP)

September 4, 2012

San Antonio Mayor Comes Out Swinging at Dem Convention

  • In the Democratic National Convention’s keynote speech, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro drew clear lines between Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama on issues ranging from education to the economy.
  • "It's a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell grants ... Or a nation that invests more in education," Castro will say in his Tuesday evening speech, according to excerpts released by the DNC. "It's a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas ... Or a leader who brings jobs back home."
  • Castro accused Republicans of blind faith in the theory that “if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will too.... First they called it 'trickle-down.' Then 'supply side.' Now it’s 'Romney/Ryan.' Or is it 'Ryan/Romney?'"
  • The 37-year-old two-term mayor also took a jab at Romney's job-creation plans. "Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn't get it," Castro said. "A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. 'Start a business,' he said. But how? 'Borrow money if you have to from your parents,' he told them. Gee—why didn't I think of that?"
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