Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:42 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2012 5:21 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will become the first Hispanic to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
"They chose Julian as the voice of the Hispanic future in America," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
"I was talking to Julian on the phone last week, and telling him to break a leg. I know what he's thinking ... "don't screw up ... hit a home run,'" Parker said.
Parker said she believes the 37-year-old San Antonio mayor will deliver.
"The Democratic Party is recognizing our future has a large Hispanic component," Parker said.
"Texas matters ... and the future of Texas matters to the Democratic Party and the country," she said.
Parker said Castro is key to shaping the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.
"The big cities are blue islands in the red sea, and those blue islands are getting bigger and stronger," she said.
"Julian is coming in to make the point that diversity must be recognized by Congress, by the Senate and the White House," Congressman Ruben Hinojosa said.
"Our voice is our vote and we are going to be delivering the message as to why and what the difference is between Mitt Romney and Obama," Hinojosa said.
Hinojosa said he hopes Castro will focus on getting people out to vote in November.