As promised in the Monday’s endorsement, former Obama administration official Julian Castro accompanied Senator Elizabeth Warren in New York City rally on Tuesday.
The former housing chief under the Obama administration kept his remarks on stage within the boundaries of costs of living for working class Americans and skirted around the elephant in the national room: the crisis with Iran.
Warren, however, minced no words in addressing retaliation from Iran after a drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump killed General Qasem Soleimani. Ten rockets fired from within Iran hit American targets in Iraq just hours before the rally.
“My heart is with our military and our families,” Warren began. “But this is a reminder of why we need to deescalate tension in the Middle East. The American people do not want a war with Iran.”
Subject matter quickly turned to the economic strategies long touted by Warren.
Castro, in the past week, dropped his bid for the Oval Office and quickly backed Warren, a decision he claims he arrived at after campaigning and hearing of die-hard support for for the Massachusetts senator.
But Castro’s support for Warren was less of a leap in comparison to his views on the sitting president.
“Any of the people who are running would make a better president than [Trump],” Castro said.
Warren boasted having the “biggest anti-corruption bill since Watergate,” and railed against a system she claims caters to big business interests. Breaking up big corporations and propping up union power in the United States are some of the bigger pitches of Warren’s platform along with a wealth tax on $50 million or more.
Warren is currently tied with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a Hill – HarrisX national poll which placed the two at an 11 percent approval rating while Bernie Sanders holds second place 16 percent and Joe Biden at 28 percent.
The Kings Theater in Flatbush was filled with Warren supporters who chanted for Castro as well. The theater was filled to capacity and started hours later than expected with a line snaking its way through an adjacent lot.