Fresh faces to watch in 2013: Castro twins

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right, hugs his brother Joaquin Castro after his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right, hugs his brother Joaquin Castro after his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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The Democratic Party, looking to tighten its hold on Latino voters,  has high hopes for identical twin brothers Julian and Joaquin Castro from Texas.

Often called the Latino Obama, Julian is the mayor of San Antonio, while his brother Joaquin was recently elected to represent Texas in the House. Julian gave the coveted Democratic Convention Keynote this year, singing Obama’s praises to Latino voters and immigrants alike, while his daughter hair-flipped her way into America’s heart. Like President Obama, the twins were raised by a single mother and graduated from Harvard Law.

Joaquin, who introduced his brother at the convention, has criticized the GOP for their record on Latino issues, saying the GOP “is going to have to do a real gut check and figure out if they’re going to continue to be the party of [former California Gov.] Pete Wilson and [Maricopa County Sheriff] Joe Arpaio,” he said on Andrea Mitchell Reports. Joaquin was recently named onto the House’s Armed Services Committee.

Like their party on a national scale, the twin’s future is tied to a demographic shift—one that some say could turn their home state blue in under a decade.

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Fresh faces to watch in 2013: Castro twins

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