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Castro And His Twin Ran For Student Body President At Harvard

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Julian Castro served as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 before joining Obama's administration as secretary of housing and urban development in 2014.

River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen. 

Host Ben Kieffer interviews Texas Public Radio senior political reporter Ryan Poppe about Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Poppe discusses how Castro ran for Harvard's student body president against his identical twin, Rep. Joaquin Castro, before begining his campiagn for San Antonio City Council. He also talks about Castro's move to launch a free pre-kindergarten program while he was the mayor of San Antonio and how he gained notoriety for his 2012 Democratic National Convention speech. 

Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa