After months under the political microscope, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro was not chosen as presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Instead, Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will assume that role.

(Read more: Hillary Clinton Passes Over Julián Castro for VP Slot)

Though Castro told the Texas Tribune that he was “disappointed” by Clinton’s decision, he said that he fully supports the Clinton/Kaine campaign, adding that he’s sure Clinton will receive the majority of the United States Latino vote even without him on the ticket.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and has received backlash from many GOP members as a result. He was booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention last week for voicing his vehement disapproval of Trump.

Image ©John Branch for the Rivard Report, 2016.


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