Julian Castro Says 'Everyone Counts' In First Trip To N.H. As Presidential Candidate

Jan 16, 2019

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Democrat Julian Castro used a speech at St. Anselm College Wednesday to call for sweeping changes in areas ranging from health care to the criminal justice system. It was Castro's first visit to New Hampshire since getting into the race for president.

The former San Antonio mayor and Obama administration official said one of his goals in running is restore the idea that all Americans count.

"I want every single American to know that everyone counts. If we've faced any crisis over these last two years, it's that we have an administration that doesn't believe that, that is picking and choosing who gets opportunity and who doesn't."

Castro promised to enact universal preschool as president and favors making college tuition-free. He said he'd work to increase the minimum wage and says he backs "Medicare for All."  Castro wasn't specific about how he'd pay for his policies but said taxing the wealthy and corporations would be part of that.