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 WarrenGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies On The Money: White House, Dems edge closer to trade deal | GOP worries about Trump concessions | DOJ argues Congress can't sue Trump on emoluments | Former Fed chief Volcker dies UN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right MORE (D-Mass.) as well as former candidate Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week 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.