Castro to participate in Fox News town hall

Castro to participate in Fox News town hall
© Greg Nash

Julián Castro's presidential campaign announced Thursday that the former Housing and Urban Development secretary will participate in a Fox News town hall on June 13 in Arizona.

"Secretary Castro is looking forward to the opportunity to share his vision for the future of our country with the FOX News audience in a state that should be critical for Democrats in 2020," Castro's campaign manager Maya Rupert said in a statement.

The event will be held in Phoenix and hosted by Bret Baier of "Special Report" and Martha MacCallum of "The Story."

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The town hall will be an opportunity for Castro to reach a new set of voters amid languishing poll numbers. The former San Antonio, Texas, mayor has polled close to 2 percent in most national and state surveys.

Castro will be the fifth 2020 candidate to appear in a Fox News town hall, following Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE (D).

Some candidates have explicitly refused to participate in town halls hosted by the network.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (D-Mass.) earlier this month blasted Fox News as a "hate-for-profit machine," saying she would never appear in a Fox town hall.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE's (D-Calif.) campaign previously told The Hill that the network has "reached out, but we haven't entertained it."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE declared in March that the party would not allow Fox News to host any of its presidential primary debates in the 2020 election cycle.

Castro, 44, appeared in an April 11 town hall hosted by "CNN Tonight" anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBiden camp blasts 'baseless lies' about his health Biden camp blasts 'baseless lies' about his health CNN's Lemon says he was called gay slur while filming show in park MORE, drawing 654,000 viewers.

Fox News drew 2.6 million viewers for a town hall with Sanders that same month, while 1.6 million tuned in for Klobuchar's event in early May and 1.1 million watched Sunday's town hall with Buttigieg. 

CNN has hosted more than 20 town halls this year and will host four more events featuring 2020 Democratic contenders in the coming days.

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Democratic Reps. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonBullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' MORE (Ohio) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellCracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment 2020 Democrat: Trump is a national security risk MORE (Calif.) are slated to appear on Sunday in back-to-back town halls beginning at 6 p.m. The moderators for those events will be anchors Victor Blackwell, Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, respectively.
 
The four town halls will take place at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, the network said.

MSNBC has also been featuring 2020 Democratic hopefuls in town halls, including one on Tuesday night with Harris that attracted 2.2 million viewers. 

Joe Concha contributed.