Wayne Slater, senior political writer at The Dallas Morning News, joins Jennifer Granholm tonight in “The War Room” to talk about the ideological and political divide in Texas, exemplified by two rising Hispanic political stars. On one side, there is rising tea party player Ted Cruz, who The New York Times says once gave “dazzling” recitations of the Constitution to the local Rotary Club. On the other, there is San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who will give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
Both men are new to the national spotlight. They also both graduated from Harvard. But their similarities largely stop there.
Cruz yesterday became the Republican candidate for Senate after winning the state’s runoff election. As the GOP contender, he’s the favorite now to win in November, and his election will move the party to the right with tea party policies, including opposition to same-sex marriage and support of gun rights. Cruz was a Supreme Court clerk and Texas’ first Hispanic solicitor general. USA Today reports he has argued before the Supreme Court nine times.
Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio and already in his second term at just 37 years old, will be thrust into the national spotlight with his keynote address at the DNC in September. He’s the first Latino ever called upon to give the keynote address, which is earning him comparisons to another young groundbreaker from the not-too-distant past: Barack Obama. In the section on Castro from Time Magazine’s 40 under 40, Castro cites his “firebrand” mother as his political inspiration and clean drinking water as the major political issue not to be overlooked. A New York Times profile shows his left-leaning sensibilities. He was the first San Antonio mayor to march in the city’s pride parade, and he is pro-choice.
Tonight on the show, we’ll contrast these two leaders and talk about what their divergent politics and visions mean for Texas and for the United States as both take the national stage. Tune in tonight to “The War Room,” live on Current TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and be sure to join the discussion on Twitter and Facebook and to share your comments below.
And while you’re waiting for the show, check out Castro’s call for more Latino leaders here, from the Daily Beast: