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Castro on Rubio



120904_julian_castro_ap_328.jpgCHARLOTTE - Many times during Julian Castro's keynote speech here Tuesday he sounded strikingly like Sen. Marco Rubio, delivering a sweeping take on the American Dream through his immigrant parents. Both are Hispanic, young and considered future leaders of their parties (Rubio has already well established himself nationally).

So what does Castro. the mayor of San Antonio, think of Rubio? "He's a compelling speaker, obviously a great story, very talented. I wish him well," Castro, 37, told the Buzz. "He and I disagree on policy but he did a good job at the Republican convention. He was one of the more compelling speakers there. I just think he's wrong on policy."

Rubio, 41, has made steps to pull the GOP into a more moderate stance on immigration. "What's really going to matter is the actions, what actions he takes in the future. His Dream Act alternative got scuttled. It didn't really work out. It just depends on what legislation he proposes, what positions he takes in the future. That's the question as to whether he's going to have any magnetic affect in the Hispanic community. What (the GOP) is selling it hard to convince people with right now, even if he is the one delivering the message."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 5:53pm]


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