Dem Castro weighs challenge to Cruz

Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) says he’ll decide by the spring whether to challenge Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (Texas) in 2018.

“I said I’ll take a look at it, and I will,” said Castro Wednesday at a BuzzFeed Brews event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “I want to make a decision by the end of spring.

“Obviously, if you want to run in Texas, it’s a large state and you need a lot of money and a lot of time to mount a serious campaign,” he told BuzzFeed’s Tarini Parti.

When first asked about Cruz, Castro had joked that his stomach was “going to be in knots.”

“I don’t know if it’s the news; I don’t know if it’s the cafeteria food I ate earlier; I don’t know if it’s being asked about Ted Cruz,” he said.

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The three-term lawmaker also poked fun at Cruz and his claim to like basketball.

Asked if he would play a pick-up game with the senator, Castro jokingly asked if he would be playing Cruz or Duke University basketball player Grayson Allen.

Earlier this week, sports website Deadspin mocked Cruz’s claim that he plays basketball by asking him for proof. Cruz responded by tweeting a picture of Duke star Allen, who many say has a striking resemblance to the senator.

Castro was modest about his own basketball skills, telling the audience that his jump shot is “all right,” even though he hasn’t played in “probably six months.”

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Castro also discussed the new Trump administration, saying his concerns “are too many to count.”

He singled out some of the bigger issues he is worried about, including immigration, ObamaCare, “our country’s position in the world” and “where the United States will be as a leader in the world after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is finished as president.”

But while he’s at odds with the president, Castro said he has good relations with some congressional Republicans.

“You know who people are often surprised to hear I talk to every once in a while — is [Rep.] Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertConservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year Gohmert rails against allowing proxy voting over ‘wishy washy’ fear of dying Positive coronavirus cases shake White House MORE,” Castro said.

“I go over to the Republican side and I have conversations, especially with the Texas Republicans … so there’s several of them I’ll talk to and talk about politics with.” 

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