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Democrats Julian Castro and Tulsi Gabbard have announced that they will challenge for the US presidency in 2020.

Julian Castro launched his campaign on January 12, and Tulsi Gabbard has said she will make a formal announcement within a week.

The ex-Obama Housing Chief is expected to be the only Latino in the race, and Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress.

Both enter what could be a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge President Donald Trump.

Until now only former congressman John Delaney has formally launched a campaign, more than a year ago.

However, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren announced last month she was setting up an exploratory committee to consider a run.

Julian Castro, 44, made his announcement in his home town of San Antonio, Texas, where he was mayor from 2009 to 2014.

Long seen as a rising star in the party, Julian Castro served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama and was on the list of Hillary Clinton’s potential running mates for the 2016 election.

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Having a Mexican grandmother, he has used his background to criticize Donald Trump’s calls to build a wall to keep out migrants from Latin America.

Launching his bid under the slogan “One nation, one destiny”, Julian Castro said: “We say no to the construction of the wall and yes to the construction of communities.”

Julian Castro said his grandmother would have been amazed at his success and that of his brother Joaquin, a member of the US Congress.

Analysts say Julian Castro does not have widespread name recognition and may struggle to make an impression in a crowded field.

Jim Gilmore has launched his presidential bid for the US presidency.

The former Virginia governor joins the 16 other Republicans vying for the White House.

Although Jim Gilmore intends to officially announce his campaign in August, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 29.

It is unclear whether Jim Gilmore will join the other Republicans in a series of forums on Fox News next week.Jim Gilmore 2016 bid

The top 10 candidates, based on national poll results, will appear in the main debate, but Fox News will air an earlier forum featuring the remaining candidates.

Based on recent polling, Jim Gilmore is unlikely to qualify for the main debate.

A former army intelligence officer, Jim Gilmore served as Virginia governor for one term from 1998 to 2002.

Jim Gilmore briefly ran for president in 2007, but his campaign folded after it failed to raise enough money and support in early primary races.

He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch earlier this month that his campaign will focus on foreign policy issues.

Jim Gilmore told the publication: “I don’t think we’re addressing the threat to the country.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.”

Donald Trump has announced his run for the White House in 2016.

The Republican property billionaire has never formally run for president before, but has often talked about it.

Donald Trump, 69, told supporters at New York’s Trump Towers on Fifth Avenue: “I am officially running for president of the United States and we are going to make our country great again.”

The billionaire said his fortune would allow him to be an effective president.

“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore,” he said.Donald Trump running for president 2016

“When was the last time anyone saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal?

“They kill us. I beat China all the time.”

Donald Trump expressed support for gun rights and said he would protect US government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

He also said he would “immediately terminate” President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, which would save undocumented migrants from deportation.

Donald Trump added: “Sadly, the American Dream is dead.

“If I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and strong than ever before. We will make America great again.”

According to his website, Donald J. Trump “is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence in business, real estate and entertainment”.

Mike Huckabee has announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on May 5th.

The former Arkansas governor has launched his second attempt at getting the Republican nomination for the presidency.

At a rally in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, Mike Huckabee used the phrase “hope to higher ground” as a motif.

The bass guitar-playing, foreign policy hawk has had a media career since losing the nomination in 2008.

Mike Huckabee joins a crowded Republican field that includes three senators, a businesswoman and a neurosurgeon.

“Folks, it is a long way from a little brick rent house on Second Street in Hope, Arkansas to the White House,” he said.

“Here in this small town called Hope, I was raised to believe that where a person started didn’t mean that’s where he had to stop. I always believed that a kid could go from Hope to higher ground.”Mike Huckabee White House 2016

After announcing his ambitions, the crowd erupted in cheers of “We want Mike!”

Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister, acknowledged his pro-gun-ownership position, telling the audience about receiving a BB gun at the age of five.

He said the US Department of Education should be abolished, a position popular with conservatives who oppose recent national education reforms.

On immigration, Mike Huckabee said the US borders should be secured, but was short on details.

He also reaffirmed his steadfast opposition to same-gender marriage.

Early in his speech, Mike Huckabee noted that he was the first male in his family to graduate from high school.

“My dad wasn’t an educated man, but he was a smart man. And he and my mother didn’t have a whole lot, but they had honesty to the bone,” he said.

As his campaign gets under way, Mike Huckabee could face challenges within his own party.

Many conservatives will not like the fact that overall, taxes and spending went up during his time as Arkansas governor.

In 2008, Mike Huckabee won eight primaries in socially conservative states but this time he has vowed to focus more on the economy and national security.

To win the Republican crown, Mike Huckabee will have to overcome Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, as well as former Hewlett-Packard boss Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she won’t make a decision about a 2016 presidential bid before the end of 2014.

On September 5, Hillary Clinton said she will decide whether to run for presidency around the beginning of 2015.

“I do have a unique vantage point and set of experiences about what makes the United States operate well and what doesn’t and what a president can do and should be doing,” she said.

“So I am going to be making a decision around, probably after the first of the year, about whether I’m going to run again or not.”

Hillary Clinton, 66, first ran for president in 2008, but she was defeated in the Democratic primary by then-Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill.

She was asked about her intentions for the next presidential cycle on September 5 at an event in Mexico City honoring thousands of scholarship students supported by the Telmex Foundation, one of several charitable organizations under the umbrella of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Hillary Clinton won't make a decision about a 2016 presidential bid before the end of 2014

Hillary Clinton won’t make a decision about a 2016 presidential bid before the end of 2014

Hillary Clinton would only speak “hypothetically” about a possible presidential bid. She added she would have to have a clear vision of what she wants to achieve, and as well as how she would lead politically to realize that vision.

“I think the most important question anybody should ask who’s thinking about it is not whether you’re going to run or whether you’re going to win – it is what’s your vision for the country and can you lead us there?” she explained.

“And I will have to be convinced that I have a very clear vision with an agenda of what I think needs to be done, and that I have the experience and know-how to lead – not just those who agree with me, but those who disagree with me, to try to achieve those goals. It’s a very serious undertaking, so obviously I’m thinking about it, but I have not made a decision yet.”

Polls have shown Hillary Clinton all but running away with the Democratic nomination and performing strongly against most of her GOP challengers, though her lead in general election polls has recently diminished, according to some surveys.

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