San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who was jokingly mistaken for a White House intern by Barack Obama less than three years ago, will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that will nominate the president for a second term.
Castro will speak in prime time on Sept. 4, the first night of the convention in Charlotte, N.C. First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks the same night.
The 37-year-old, now in his second term as mayor of the state’s second-largest and the nation’s seventh-largest city, delivered the keynote speech at the Texas Democratic Party’s convention last month in Houston. He is widely considered a future candidate for statewide or federal office, though he recently said he’ll keep his current job through 2017 ”if the voters have [him].”
The decision to entrust Castro with the keynote comes in a year when many analysts believe turnout among Hispanics could be the deciding factor in the general election contest between Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.