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If it wasn't enough that Hillary Clinton made Selena Quintanilla fans' heart skip in beat at her San Antonio stop by coming out on stage to Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, she definitely made heads turn by having 11-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz hit the stage to sing the national anthem. You know, the little boy who got all that backlash back in 2013 for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while wearing a mariachi outfit at game three of the NBA finals.

Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro introduced Clinton at the event. Castro is truly “a symbol of the American dream for millions of Hispanics” as his twin brother Joaquin Castro told BuzzFeed Thursday. 

“(I) look really hard at him for anything, because that’s how good he is,” she said at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting in San Antonio, Texas Thursday before joining the former Mayor of the city at the “Latinos for Hillary” rally later in the day.

And the feeling is mutual. Castro boasted about Clinton at the rally saying, “The difference between her and the Republican candidates is that she respects the Latino community.” 


But could the Housing and Urban Development Secretary be Hillary Clinton’s running mate should she secure the Democratic presidential nomination? The former first lady seems to think so, although she has yet to confirm anything. In light of a possible Clinton-Castro ticket in the 2016 presidential race, we rounded up other Latino big wigs who are also endorsing the former first lady. 

1

Joaquin Castro

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro endorsed Clinton long before his twin brother did. 

“There’s no doubt about it: Hillary is the best person to be our 45th president,” he wrote in an email in Sept. 2014, which was obtained by POLITICO. “Hillary has always been a tireless advocate for working families – she’s never ceased to make sure everybody has a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.”

While Clinton hadn’t yet announced she’d run in 2016 at the time, Castro added, “Hillary’s the leader I want to see moving into the White House in two years.”

2

Salma Hayek

In addition to being one of Hollywood's biggest Latina stars, she's also an advocate for Clinton. “I have a lot of hope for Hillary. We need somebody with experience who can endure. And this woman has endured it all. Hillary is tough,” she said in the October issue of Latina Magazine.

Hayek also sent an email to Clinton’s camp addressing the disparaging comments Donald Trump said about Latinos. “We deserve a candidate who respects the contributions we have made to this country and understands how important it is that our community continues to thrive, all while treating us con dignidad y respeto,” she wrote, according to the Latin Times.    

3

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony invited Clinton to join him on stage during his October 2 concert at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. It was the salsero's way of showing his support of the “Latinos for Hillary” campaign.

“I want to recognize someone who came to the concert tonight,” he told the audience of screaming fans. “Please, with all the respect in the world, let’s hear it for Hillary Clinton.”    

4

Dolores Huerta

Proud to announce that Dolores Huerta, trailblazer, civil rights activist, and inspirational leader, has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Saturday, October 10, 2015

Trailblazer, civil rights activist, and human rights leader Dolores Huerta, was an early Clinton supporter, who announced in 2007 that she’d serve as a co-chair of the campaign’s Hispanic outreach efforts in 2008 and 2016.

“Hillary has been a lifelong advocate for children and families,” Huerta said Oct. 9 in a post shared on Clinton’s Facebook page. “She stands for workers and immigrants.”

5

Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama has been a longtime advocate pushing for Latinos to understand the importance of their vote in the United States. Now, the actor is backing Clinton on her presidential run.

He recently took to Twitter to acknowledge the former first lady’s bid to be the next POTUS.

“Have you guys met my new friend #HillaryClinton?” he tweeted. “She’s running for president. Inspired by our conversation.”

6

America Ferrera

I believed in her then, I believe in her now. @HillaryClinton #mypresident Me and @ambertamblyn stumping in 2008

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Actress America Ferrera has been quite vocal in the drive to get Latinos to the polls on Election Eay. Through her advocacy work with Voto Latino she’s tried to energize the community to take action in politics. Now, she’s endorsing Clinton.

“I believed in her then, I believe in her now @HillaryClinton #mypresident,” the former Ugly Betty star captioned an Instagram post of her speaking at a Clinton event. “Me and @ambertamblyn stumping in 2008.”

Ferrera set the Internet ablaze following Donald Trumps disparaging remarks about Mexicans and other Latinos by writing an open letter to the Republican presidential hopeful entitled “Thank You, Donald Trump!”

“What you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined!” she wrote in August. “Thank you for that.”

7

Clinton Super-Fan

Texas is buzzing with excitement for Hillary’s visit today. ✂️

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And, because this photo is one in a million... 

Outside of the celebrity realm, citizens backing Clinton are showing their pride in every way possible. One Texas man went as far as to get a buzz cut in his hair on the back of his head of Clinton’s face.

A photo of his fresh cut was posted to Clinton’s Instagram page with the caption, “Texas is buzzing with excitement for Hillary’s visit today.”