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.

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“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 SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage Protect American patients and innovation from a harmful MedTech Tax increase MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash 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 Ann WarrenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters 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.