Castro says his policy proposals require 'wealthier individuals to pay their fair share'

Castro says his policy proposals require 'wealthier individuals to pay their fair share'
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Julián Castro (D) on Sunday outlined his support for universal health care, access to prekindergarten education and a "Green New Deal," acknowledging that wealthier individuals and corporations would be required to contribute to help fund those programs.

Castro, who on Saturday announced plans to run for president in 2020, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he's aware of the challenges of implementing such progressive policies, and suggested that they would require "asking wealthier individuals to pay their fair share."

"I think that we can consider different ways, different proposals, to be able to raise more revenue from the wealthiest corporations," he added when asked if he would raise the corporate tax rate.

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Castro also argued that the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, which is at the center of an ongoing government shutdown, must be addressed with comprehensive immigration reform.

"The president is playing games with this, blocking people's right to seek asylum," Castro said. "I would change that. I would make sure that we push as hard as possible for comprehensive immigration reform so that for the people who are already here, if they've been law-abiding, if they pay a fine, that— that they can get an earned path to citizenship." 

Castro, who previously served as former President Obama's secretary of Housing and Urban Development and as mayor of San Antonio, announced Saturday that he will launch a bid for the White House in 2020.

He joined Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats' plans to probe admin will cost them 'big time' in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal Groups, lawmakers use 4/20 to raise awareness about marijuana sentencing reform Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall MORE (D-Hawaii) among candidates who have waded into what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field.

Castro on Sunday dismissed criticism of his credentials to run for president, arguing that his experience in the Obama administration and as mayor of San Antonio qualify him for the office.

"I wouldn't put too much stock in that," he said. "I would just say to the American people directly, I've had executive experience."