Julian Castro in September Democratic candidates debate


On Crime: Police reform plan, to root out white supremacy

Beto O'ROURKE: We will call out the fact that we have a white supremacist in the White House and he poses a mortal threat to people of color all across this country.

CASTRO: I want to commend Beto for how well he has spoken to the passion and the frustration and the sadness after what happened in his hometown of El Paso. A few weeks ago, a shooter drove 10 hours inspired by this president to kill people who look like me and people who look like my family. White supremacy is a growing threat to this country, and we have to root it out. I'm proud that I put forward a plan to disarm hate. I'm also proud that I was the first to put forward a police reform plan. We need to root out racism, and I believe that we can do that, because that doesn't represent the vast majority of Americans who do have a good heart. They also need a leader to match that, and I will be a president that matches that.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Foreign Policy: I call Madura a dictator; allow TPS for Venezuelans

Q [to Sen. Bernie SANDERS]: You admit that Venezuela does not have free elections, but still you refuse to call Nicolas Maduro a dictator--Can you explain why?

SANDERS: Well, first of all, let me be very clear. Anybody who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant. What we need now is international and regional cooperation for free elections in Venezuela so that the people of that country can make-can create their own future.

CASTRO: I'll call Maduro a dictator, because he is a dictator. And what we need to do is to, along with our allies, make sure that the Venezuelan people get the assistance that they need, that we continue to pressure Venezuela so that they'll have free and fair elections, and also, here in the United States, offer temporary protected status, TPS, to Venezuelans.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Foreign Policy: Pressure China on human rights for Uighurs

Q: How would you pressure China?

CASTRO: I would immediately begin to negotiate with China to ratchet down that trade war. We have leverage there.

I also believe that we need to return to a leader when it comes to things like human rights. We have millions of Uighurs, for instance, in China that right now are being imprisoned and mistreated.

And in North Korea, this president is elevating a dictator. We need to stop that. We need to return to ensuring that America leads again on human rights.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Free Trade: Erratic, haphazard trade wars hurt American families

Q: In one of the previous debates, you identified China as the most serious national security threat to our country. Senator Klobuchar said she would go back to the negotiating table with China, and avoid Trump's fast-changing trade rules. What do you do for leverage?

CASTRO: Well, look, I agree with those who have said that this erratic, haphazard trade war is hurting American families. As Senator Klobuchar said, [Trump's trade war has cost 300,000 American jobs. It's estimated that it's cost $600 to the average American family. So when I become president, I would immediately begin to negotiate with China to ratchet down that trade war. We have leverage there. I also believe, though, that we need to return to a leader when it comes to things like human rights. When it comes to this trade war, I would immediately begin ratcheting that trade war down. We have leverage in that discussion.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Immigration: We're not going to give up DACA, or any protections

Q [to V.P. Biden]: The Obama administration deported 3 million people. Did you do anything to prevent those?

Joe BIDEN: What Latinos should look at is comparing [Obama policy to Trump policy]. We didn't lock people up in cages. We didn't separate families. [Obama] came along with the DACA program. No one had ever done that before. [Obama] wanted to find a pathway for the 11 million undocumented. This is a president who's done a great deal.

CASTRO: My problem with Vice President Biden is every time something good about Barack Obama comes up, he says, oh, I was there, and every time somebody questions part of the administration that we were both part of, he says, well, that was the president. I was the first candidate to put forward an immigration plan. We're not going to give up DACA. We're not going to give up protections for anybody.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Principles & Values: Bold, new vision to lift up Americans

Our problems didn't start with Trump, and we won't solve them by embracing old ideas. We need a bold vision: universal pre-K and universal health care, unleashing millions of new jobs in the clean energy economy, a tax system that rewards people who have to work for a living.
Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

The above quotations are from ABC News and Univision Democratic candidates debate.
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