Castro hits Sanders over reparations stance

Castro hits Sanders over reparations stance
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Sunday hit Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.) over his 2020 rival's position on reparations.

"What he said ... the other day was he didn’t think the best way to address this was for the United States to write a check." Castro said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

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"However, it’s interesting to me that when it comes to 'Medicare for all,' health care, you know, the response there has been, ‘We need to write a big check.’ That when it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been that we need to write a big check," the former Housing and Urban Development secretary added. 

Castro's remarks come after Sanders's comments earlier this month during an interview on ABC's "The View."

“I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” Sanders, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said at the time.

Other Democratic presidential candidates, including Castro and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-N.Y.), have said they are open to reparations for black Americans who are descendants of slaves.

Castro reaffirmed Sunday that, if elected, he would appoint a task force to look into reparations.

"If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property?” he said.