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Julián Castro Defends Doing Fox News Town Hall: I’m Focused on the People Watching, ‘Not the News Organization’

Julián Castro was the latest Democrat to go on Fox News for a town hall, and during an MSNBC interview that aired this morning, he defended his decision as other Democrats are opting not to go on Fox.

David Gura noted the decisions by other Democrats and asked Castro why he made the call to go on Fox.

Castro said he believes in “working with the other side” and reaching out.

“Are you sympathetic to those other contenders who have said they’re not going to do these town halls?” Gura asked.

Castro said he understands the other candidates’ concerns about Fox News, but said, “What I’m focused on is not the news organization. What I’m focused on are the people out there watching.”

His Fox News town hall did well in the ratings––beating CNN’s April town hall with Castro––and there are a fair number of independents who watch Fox. So far this cycle candidates like Elizabeth Warren have turned down Fox News, while Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and others have decided to go on the network to try and reach people in the audience.

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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