Julián Castro endorses D.C. statehood

Julián Castro endorses D.C. statehood
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Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro has said he supports giving Washington, D.C., statehood. 

Speaking with activists from 51 for 51, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary expressed his support according to a video posted by the group Tuesday. 

"I believe in D.C. statehood and I absolutely would support that," Castro said. 

The group said in a statement Tuesday that Castro joins 10 other candidates including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.) as well as former candidate Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellIf the Democratic debates were pro wrestling, de Blasio is comic relief Inslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts MORE (D-Calif.) in wanting the District to become a state.

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"51 for 51 applauds Secretary Castro for committing to the fight for equal voting rights, for the Americans living in our nation’s capital,” said the group's campaign manager Stasha Rhodes in the statement. “It is one thing to support D.C. statehood in theory, but we know that bold action is needed to overcome obstruction in the Senate. That’s why Secretary Castro’s pledge is so important.”

51 for 51 is a coalition of 20 progressive groups advocating for D.C. statehood.  

Castro is among more than two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The former San Antonio Mayor is scheduled to appear in the Democratic debates this week.