San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will become the first Latino to keynote the Democratic National Convention, reports the Washington Post. The 37-year-old rising star in Democratic politics is also among the youngest mayors of a major American city.
Castro will speak on the convention’s opening night, Sept. 4. First Lady Michelle Obama will also speak on opening night, Democrats announced.
Democrats’ selection of Castro suggests the party is going to be making a full-court press to turn out Latino voters in November. Western swing states with substantial Hispanic populations like Nevada and Colorado could be crucial for the president in the fall. In 2008, Obama took 67 percent of the Hispanic vote to just 31 percent for Arizona Sen. John McCain.
As keynote speaker, Castro will step into the same spotlight that launched Obama into national prominence in 2004.
Watch Castro's announcement video AFTER THE JUMP ...