Castro says some took his Biden attack the ‘wrong way’
By Robert “Rob” Redding
Editor & Publisher
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro yesterday conceded that the point may have been lost with his attack on former Vice President Joe Biden’s memory.
“We had a very lively conversation to say the least on the debate stage the other day,” Castro said to laughter.
Castro, who some said was ageist in his attack on the former president, was asked about pushing Biden on the health care coverage issue at a conference of more than 500 people held in Dallas over the weekend.
During an exchange, with this reporter and participant, he admitted that maybe not everyone understood his comparison and contrast of the two plans.
“In the back in forth there perhaps some of that was lost but it is important in terms of health care policy,” he said.
“I know that some folks took that the wrong way, you’re right,” he continued. “It wasn’t intended as a personal slight it was intended to point out the deference we have in our approach.”
Castro who made the comments at “America in One Room”, had said that he did not regret his comments a week ago.
“I wouldn’t do it differently. That was not a personal attack,” Castro said on CNN. “This was about a disagreement over what the vice president said regarding health care policy.”
Castor’s latest remarks come as few other candidates have voice support for his attack. Booker is one of the few who spoke favorably.
“Look, I think that we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people who are concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling,” Booker told CNN.
Castro also has not received a boost in the polls as the result of the attack. And in the latest polls has seen his negatives increase, according to CNN.