Julian Castro returns to Texas under vice president rumors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julian Castro is returning home to San Antonio Friday swarmed by the same speculation as when the 41-year-old left Texas for Washington two years ago: Is he vice-presidential material?

Even as President Barack Obama’s housing secretary tries tamping down talk of becoming Hillary Clinton’s running mate this fall, Castro is headlining the Texas Democratic Convention under rumors that his name remains on a short list of contenders. But that chatter isn’t the only noise.

Some Democrats believe Donald Trump, who has suggested that some Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals and called a judge’s Mexican heritage grounds for moving a trial, will send minority voters flocking to Clinton, even if a high profile Latino candidate like Castro isn’t on the ticket with her.