Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching'

Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching'
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White House hopeful Julián Castro defended being on Fox News for a town hall earlier this week, saying Saturday that while he disagrees with the channel’s ideological bent, he wants to reach out to conservative voters who may watch. 

“I’m very progressive. I’ve shown that when I’ve been out there on the stump and in the policies that we’ve rolled out. But I also respect what other people believe and I know that if we’re going to get great things done for the country, it’s going to take working with the other side,” the former Housing and Urban Development secretary said Saturday on MSNBC.


“Everybody has their own way of thinking about these things. I definitely take the concerns about Fox news, and I understand completely how people feel. But what I’m focused on is not the news organization, what I’m focused on are the people out there watching.” 

Castro, who is languishing near the bottom of national and statewide primary polls, was the fifth 2020 candidate to appear in a Fox News town hall, following Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharScammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE (D). 

Appearances on the channel have become a source of controversy since the Democratic National Committee announced in March that that the party would not allow Fox News to host any of its presidential primary debates in the 2020 election cycle. 

Several candidates have refused going on Fox News for individual events, citing the channel’s primetime programming that strongly backs the White House.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE (D-Mass.) last month blasted Fox News as a “hate-for-profit machine,” saying she would not help it profit off of an appearance from her.