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Castro: ‘Clearly, I had a great night’

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) said a 4,000-percent surge in Google searches for his name during and after the first 2020 Democratic debate shows he had a “great night.”

“I went in there, and the truth is that before last night there were a lot of American voters who hadn’t had the opportunity to hear from me,” Castro said Thursday morning on CNN’s “New Day.” “The media have focused in these last few months on some of the other campaigns.”

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“I know that I’ve been getting a good response when I go to Iowa and New Hampshire, and into these candidate forums that have been leading up to the debate, and last night people saw that I have a strong track record of getting things done,” Castro added.  “I have the right experience. I have a strong vision for the future of the country.”

Castro made a splash online and with debate viewers Wednesday when he was asked about a recent photo that showed the bodies of a dead migrant father and daughter — Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria — who drowned crossing the southern border.

“Watching that image of Óscar and his daughter, Valeria, is heartbreaking,” Castro said before adding to a wave of applause, “It should also piss us all off.”

Castro, who also previously served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, added that his debate performance shows his strength as a presidential contender.

“People want to know ‘can you stand up to ?’ Can you handle yourself? Can you hold your own? And I more than held my own last night.”

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