There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.
Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.
The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate
It should “piss us all off,” Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking.”
Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright “Marshall Plan” style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the “metering” of legitimate asylum seekers.
According to Castro, “metering” is “basically what prompted Óscar and Veleria to make that risky swim across the river… they died because of that.” Indeed, the family had sought asylum but were turned away. That was when they decided to try and make it across the river, and died in the process.
He went on to talk about illegal crossings being treated as a criminal rather than civil matter and specially called out the Trump administration who tried to use it as a reason to divide up families. He went on to contrast with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke on the issue of Section 1325 of US Code which makes it a misdemeanor to cross the border illegally. Castro wants to get rid of it.
“The reason that they’re separating these little children from their families is they’re using Section 1325… to incarcerate the parents and then separate them,” Castro said.
Castro was the first Democrat on stage to mention the right for women to make their own medical decisions, despite there being three pro-choice women standing on the stage, and he crushed it, according to one feminist news site.
“I don’t just believe in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice,” Castro said. “And what that means is just because a woman or—let’s also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female—is poor, doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to exercise that right to choose.”
He continued: “More than that, everybody in this crowd and watching at home knows in our country today a person’s right to choose is under assault in places like Missouri and Alabama, in Georgia.”
He went on to even mention medical care for trans women, not something that typically makes it into political debates.
The search battle:
One way experts speculate a winner of a debate can be determined is by looking at how Google searches track during the debate. According to statistics, both Castro and Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) did exceptionally well in searches. Castro, in particular, surged by more than 2,400 percent.
Google searches during the debate, via @GoogleTrends:
1. Tulsi: 12 (indexed)
2. Booker: 11
3. Warren: 7
3. Beto: 7
3. de Blasio: 7
6. Castro: 6
7. Inslee: 4
7. Tim Ryan: 4
9. Klobuchar: 3
9. Delaney: 3 pic.twitter.com/Yc6QaObdPp
— Axios (@axios) June 27, 2019
Julian Castro has spiked in Google search by +2,400% since the debates began.
He's really dominating search right now. pic.twitter.com/fvpSy931oL
— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) June 27, 2019
Progressives say GM’s decision to cut off employee health insurance ‘yet another reason why we need Medicare for All’
General Motors' decision Tuesday to stop paying healthcare premiums for nearly 50,000 of the company's striking workers offered a powerful case for why Medicare for All is necessary to ensure stable and quality insurance as a right for everyone in the United States.
That was the argument advanced by single-payer supporters in the wake of GM's move, which union leaders and others quickly denounced as a cruel intimidation tactic designed to break the United Auto Workers strike.
Donald Trump calls Beto O’Rourke ‘dummy’ over assault-weapon buyback proposal
In a tweet Wednesday morning, the president said presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is making it harder to make a deal regarding gun control.
President Donald Trump added Beto O'Rourke to his list of nicknamed politicians, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate as "Dummy Beto" in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! https://t.co/87jvaYUkyn
Lily Adams helped her grandmother Ann Richards win Texas. Can she get Kamala Harris to the White House?
As a young child, Adams was frequently at her governor grandmother's side. Now she's continuing her family's political legacy.
It’s possible that Lily Adams’ political baptism at a Baylor University homecoming parade is what most prepared the Democratic operative for the tone of the Trump era.
Dressed in a red, white and blue dress, she tried in earnest to charm the crowds from a ’57 Ford pickup truck. One angry parade-goer remained less than delighted and wanted her to know it. He marched up to her makeshift float, got in her face and gave her the middle finger.