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Julian Castro’s daughter punctuates convention speech with hair toss

Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Tex., didn't know why the Democratic convention audience was laughing at the wrong place in his keynote speech: It was his 3-year-old daughter watching herself toss her long hair on the jumbo screen.

By Associated Press / September 6, 2012

Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Tex. (center), on the Democratic National Convention stage with his wife, Erica Castro, their daughter, Carina, 3 – who flipped her hair during his keynote address – and his brother, Joaquin Castro (right).

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Democrat Julian Castro admitted his 3-year-old daughter's hair flipping had him a little flipped out while he was addressing thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates.

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The young Carina Victoria Castro's hair tossing came while her father  was making what could be a national political career-launching speech on prime-time television Tuesday night.

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Mr. Castro – the mayor of San Antonio, Tex. – old reporters in a streaming interview yesterday that he was talking about passing the torch to the next generation and was speaking to his daughter saying, "Que Dios te bendiga," ''May God bless you." Meanwhile, the audience could see Carina flipping her locks on the big screen television above the stage where her father stood.

"Everyone started laughing, and I was like, "What? You are not supposed to laugh at this part," Castro said.

Castro's convention keynote speech earned him much ink and follow-up interviews. But video of his daughter also drew attention Wednesday. Video of her were being shared on social media and led some to refer to Willow Smith's popular song, "I Whip My Hair Back And Forth."

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Castro said many politicians who have delivered the keynote speech at Democratic conventions have gone nowhere. Then again, they didn't have a young, hair-flipping Carina helping them.

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