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Julian Castro jabs at Bernie Sanders over reparations comments

Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro took a jab at fellow 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders for shunning reparation payments for slavery descendants while wanting to write a “big check” for his democratic socialist agenda.

Sanders recently told “The View” he wants to help distressed communities, but wouldn’t back monetary payments to African-American slave descendants, saying “I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check.”

Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, took issue with Sanders’ dismissal while wanting to spend big elsewhere.

“It’s interesting to me that, when it comes to Medicare-for-all, health care, the response there has been, we need to write a big check,” Castro told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “When it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been: ‘we need to write a big check.’ And so, if the issue is compensating the descendants of slaves, I don’t think that the argument about writing a big check ought to be the argument that you make, if you’re making an argument that a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff.”

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