Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro tweeted his policy proposals alongside the fifth Democratic primary debate Wednesday night, even though he failed to qualify.
To qualify for the debate in Atlanta, candidates had to poll at 3 percent or higher in four qualifying state or national polls, according to the Democratic National Committee, or at 5 percent or higher in two polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina. They also had to receive donations from 165,000 donors, with at least 600 donors in at least 20 states.
Castro reached the necessary number of donors, but his campaign did not reach the poll threshold.
That didn’t stop the former Obama administration Housing and Urban Development secretary from answering questions alongside the other candidates, though.
When candidates were asked about the impeachment inquiry House Democrats launched against President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE earlier this year, Castro tweeted, “The day the Mueller report was released, I said publicly that I supported Congress opening an impeachment inquiry on Donald Trump. The testimony we've already seen has confirmed a bribery scheme the likes of which this country has never seen. #DemDebates #JulianDebates.”
The day the Mueller report was released, I said publicly that I supported Congress opening an impeachment inquiry on Donald Trump.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) November 21, 2019
The testimony we've already seen has confirmed a bribery scheme the likes of which this country has never seen. #DemDebates #JulianDebates
When the candidates were asked about housing, he tweeted, “Wonder who could have answered that one?” alongside his campaign’s “People First Housing” proposal.
Castro continued with answers on foreign policy, white supremacy in America and marijuana legalization.
If we don’t talk honestly about the history of white supremacy and racism in our nation, we will never figure out how to get it out of the White House—or how to stop the violence it creates.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) November 21, 2019
We can do better.#JuliánDebates #DemDebate
As the Democratic candidates delivered their closing statements at the debate, he pointed out that neither the candidates nor the moderators raised any issues about gender identity or transgender communities on Transgender Day of Remembrance.
It’s almost the end of the debate, and we still haven’t heard anything about the #TransDayofRemembrance.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) November 21, 2019
Every day trans folks are subject to violence simply for being who they are. We must combat that violence and keep trans people safe.#DemDebate #JuliánDebates