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WATCH: Julian Castro opens up about possible White House run in 2020

Democrat Julian Castro talks about exploring the possibility of running for president in 2020, at his home in San Antonio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The announcement Wednesday gives the 44-year-old Castro a jump-start on what’s likely to be a crowded Democratic primary field that has no clear front-runner. He tells The Associated Press he plans to announce his ultimate decision in early January. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO - Julian Castro talks about his decision to start an exploratory committee looking into a potential White House run in 2020.

Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, made the announcement through a release early Wednesday.

"I believe this country is ready for leadership that is trying to bring people together instead of tear them a part," Castro said. "Leadership that has integrity instead of what we see in Washington today. Leadership that is focused on opportunity for everybody, not just picking and choosing who doesn't based on your religion or where you come from or the color of your skin."

He has mentioned before his intentions of running for president. He looks to make a decision Jan. 12. Watch the rest of the press conference below. This story will be updated with more.

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