Tempe to host Fox News town hall for Julian Castro




    Julian Castro. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Arizona will host an upcoming town hall next week for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, Fox News announced last week.

    Castro, 44, was mayor of San Antonio from 2009 through 2014, when he became the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama.

    The town hall at Tempe Center for the Arts on June 13 will be broadcast live on Fox News and will be moderated by journalists Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

    Castro is one of 23 Democrats currently running for president in 2020, and although he was among the first Democrats to enter the presidential race, his campaign has struggled to build momentum. He raised only $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year, putting him at the back of the pack.

    His appearance in a Fox News town hall separates himself from two of the top Democrats in the race, Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, who both rejected the cable news network’s request for a town hall. And the Democratic National Committee has said it won’t partner with Fox News for any of its candidate debates for the 2020 race.

    Still, some Democratic candidates have appeared on Fox News town halls, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    The Tempe town hall for Castro will begin at 3:30 p.m.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

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