• "Let them know the choice"

    Mayor Julian Castro
    Mayor Julián Castro speaking to supporters at George Mason University. (Photo: Marcus Ricci for Obama for America)

    Fresh off the wave of energy from the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Julián Castro visited George Mason University for a canvass kickoff on Day 1 of the Weekend of Action. Hundreds of supporters and volunteers were there to greet him.

    Mayor Castro on opportunity and how higher education was accessible to him:

    "It was a combination of Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, some scholarships and me working. It was the commitment that we made as a nation that created opportunity. That was a blessing, in addition to my family and my hard work in my life; I know that that opportunity could be a blessing to so many more people in years to come—and that's the clear choice that we have in this election.

    "Like all of us that have children or who have grandchildren, the one thing you want is for them to be happy when they think about their future. You want them to be well-educated. If they want to be an astronaut, if they want to be an engineer or doctor—whatever it is— you want them to achieve that, to achieve their dreams.

    "I know that the opportunity that President Obama will invest in—has been investing in—is the difference. I also know that we have two candidates here who see the ability of women to control their own destiny differently, and I want my daughter to be able to control her own destiny.

    "There is a ton of work to do between now and November 6. Thank you for all the work you are doing out there to register voters, to turn them out, to reach out, not only into the Latino community, but every community. Let them know the choice that we have in this election and why Barack Obama should be reelected."

    Ready to do your part to reelect President Obama? Sign up to make sure Virginians are ready to vote.

    VA