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'
© Greg Nash

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 SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Harris proposes keeping schools open for 10 hours a day MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGoogle sparks new privacy fears over health care data Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Saagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment 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 WarrenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment 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.