01/09/2013 05:26 pm ET

Rising Latino Political Stars Welcomed In California

Democrats' hunger for fresh faces and Latino leadership in politics was on full display as San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro - last year's highly praised Democratic National Convention keynoter - found himself face to face with a crowd in San Francisco this week.

At a sold-out speech to the Commonwealth Club of California Monday, hundreds of people filled an overflow section to see the Latino leader and education reformer, who has been alternately described in recent media reports as the "Latino messiah," a potential partner on a Hillary Rodham Clinton-Castro "dream ticket" in 2016, and even "the next Obama."

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