Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Julián Castro

[Spanish... my name is Julian Castro and I'm running for president of the United States]. The very fact that I can say that tonight shows the progress we have made in this country. Like many of you, I know the promise of America. My grandmother came here when she was 7 years old as an immigrant from Mexico – and just two generations later, one of her grandsons is serving in the United States Congress, and the other one is running for president of the United States. If I'm elected president, I will work hard every single day so you and your family can get good healthcare, your child can get a good education, and that you can have good job opportunities whether you live in a big city or a small town. And – on January 20, 2021, we'll say 'Adios' to Donald Trump.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #1 (June 26, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

If we are going to be the most prosperous country on earth, it means prosperity for everybody. We need to raise the minimum wage. We need to make sure we build up our labor unions, because labor unions have been a ticket to the middle class. We also need to do things like pass the equal rights amendment, and invest in affordable housing.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Crime

If we are going to be the fairest nation on earth then we need to reimagine and reform our justice system so that everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Sentencing reform, cash bail reform, investing in public defenders.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Health Care

If we want to be the healthiest nation on earth then we need a different health care system. I want ot strengthen medicare for the people who are on it, and then make sure that it's available to everybody who wants it.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Education

If we want to be the smartest nation on earth, we have to start early with universal pre-k for 3 and 4-year-olds. We have to improve k-12 education by paying teachers what they deserve, making sure we continue to reduce class sizes, and make sure that all kids have everything they need in their schools.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Environment

The first thing I would do as president is to sign an executive order to recommitting the United States to the Paris Climate Accords so that we lead again on sustainability, and we follow that up with investment to get to zero emissions and create jobs in the new green economy.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Civil Rights

I am the only candidate that has put forth a plan on police reform. We won't have any second-class citizens when I'm president of the United States.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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