Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro

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Ms Gabbard and Mr Castro shall be solely the second and third contenders to enter the race for the Democrats

Two senior Democratic politicians have introduced that they are going to problem for the US presidency in 2020.

Julian Castro launched his marketing campaign on Saturday, and Tulsi Gabbard has stated she is going to make a proper announcement inside every week.

Mr Castro is anticipated to be the one Latino within the race, and Ms Gabbard is the primary Hindu member of Congress.

Each enter what might be a crowded area of Democrats vying to problem President Donald Trump.

Till now solely former congressman John Delaney has formally launched a marketing campaign, greater than a 12 months in the past.

Nevertheless, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced last month she was setting up an exploratory committee to consider a run.

Mr Castro made his announcement in his house city of San Antonio, Texas, the place he was mayor from 2009 to 2014.

Aged 44 and lengthy seen as a rising star within the get together, he served as housing secretary beneath President Barack Obama and was on the record of Hillary Clinton’s potential working mates for the 2016 election.

Having a Mexican grandmother, he has used his background to criticise Mr Trump’s calls to construct a wall to maintain out migrants from Latin America.

Launching his bid beneath the slogan “One nation, one future”, he stated: “We are saying no to the development of the wall and sure to the development of communities.”

He stated his grandmother would have been amazed at his success and that of his brother Joaquin, a member of the US Congress.

“I’ve at all times believed that with massive desires and onerous work, something is feasible on this nation,” he instructed the gang.

Correspondents say Mr Castro doesn’t have widespread title recognition and will wrestle to make an impression in a crowded area.

His launch comes a day after information emerged that Hawaii Congresswoman Ms Gabbard would additionally announce a bid.

In an interview resulting from air on CNN on Saturday night, she says: “There are a variety of challenges which might be going through the American folks that I am involved about and that I need to assist remedy.”

A local of American Samoa and an Iraq veteran, Ms Gabbard, 37, is seen as an outspoken determine on the left of the get together.

In 2017 she caused controversy by announcing that she had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a trip to the country.

On the time she stated she was prepared to fulfill anybody to assist finish the battle in Syria, however opponents described the assembly as shameful.