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Julian Castro Takes a Swipe at Bernie Sanders Over Reparations

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro blasted Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Sunday for his opposition to giving reparations to descendants of slaves, an issue that many other Democratic candidates have come out in support of. Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, the former San Antonio mayor questioned why Sanders would oppose such a move when his agenda already consists mostly of “writing a big check.” The candidate was asked by CNN anchor Jake Tapper to respond to Sanders, who called Castro and Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) support for reparations vague. “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. When it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been, ‘We need to write a big check.’” “So, if, under the Constitution, we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn't you compensate people who actually were property?” he said. “If I'm president, then I'm going to appoint a commission or other task force to determine the best way to [provide reparations].”