2020 Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro has finally figured why his campaign is struggling: the early states are too white! And he’s taking a stand to fix it:
FOX NEWS – Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro is calling for Iowa and New Hampshire to lose their coveted status leading off the presidential nominating calendar, pointing to a lack of diversity in both states.
While his comments risk angering officials — and voters — in both states, they come as he’s already pulled back from New Hampshire amid fundraising and other hurdles for his campaign. In pointed remarks Sunday evening, he said it’s time to “change the order of the states.”
He continued: “I don’t believe we’re the same country we were in 1972. That’s when Iowa first held its caucus first, and by the time we have the next presidential election in 2024, it’ll have been more than 50 years since 1972. Our country’s changed a lot in those 50 years.”
Castro complimented both states, saying “what I really appreciate about Iowans and the folks in New Hampshire is that they take this process very seriously. They vet the candidates, they show up at town halls, they give people a good hearing.”
But he argued that demographically they are “not reflective of the United States as a whole, certainly not reflective of the Democratic Party, and I believe that other states should have their chance … I don’t believe that forever we should be married to Iowa and New Hampshire going first, and that’s the truth of the way I see it.”
Castro’s comments came a week after he let go of his small staffs in New Hampshire as well as South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary and is the fourth and final of the early presidential nominating states to vote.
I honestly haven’t followed Castro’s campaign all that closely, but I don’t think blaming Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire for essentially being racist is a good strategy. Especially when he’s performing terribly in other ‘more diverse’ states.
Check out this polling from last Friday, where the NY Times polled the Democrat candidates in several states:
Castro only shows up in one poll and that’s in North Carolina and there’s not even a percentage beside his name. And in Florida, a very Latino state, he doesn’t even register!
Clearly “white” New Hampshire and Iowa is not what’s keeping him down.