Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro speaks on the second night of the second U.S. 2020 presidential Democratic...
After healthcare, the debate moderators moved on to immigration, asking Julian Castro, Obama's former housing department head, why he broke with the administration's former immigration chief to call for decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
"You're not electing me to follow. You're electing me to lead. And open borders is a right-wing talking point, and frankly I'm disappointed that some folks, including some folks on this stage, have taken the bait," Castro responded.
The Texan was the first 2020 candidate to call for decriminalizing illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border, and most of the others have followed. Of those onstage on Wednesday, congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains undecided on the issue, and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado has rejected it outright.
"I have guts enough to say his plan doesn't make sense," Biden said of Castro. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson