KEOKUK (WGEM) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro was in Keokuk Monday for a meet and greet hosted by the Lee County Democrats.
Castro spoke just after 11 a.m. to a full house at the Keokuk Labor Temple.
Castro said communities like Keokuk often feel left behind by lawmakers in Washington.
He said he was grateful to join Keokuk residents Monday, “to talk about how we can improve education, extend access to quality health care, and seriously address climate change.”
Castro said his goal is to make the U.S. the, “smartest, fairest, healthiest nation on Earth.”
He says policies such as police reform, increased access to education, raising the minimum wage and addressing climate change are the best way to get there
“Gonna be the smartest nation on earth and we know that we need to be because jobs require more skill and knowledge than ever before. All types of jobs. It means we need to start early with universal Pre-k for 3 and 4 year-olds. It means that we need to invest in K-12 education by paying teachers what they deserve,” said Castro.
Castro said his experience as mayor of San Antonio and his time in the Obama White House makes him the best choice to unseat President Donald Trump.
With a focus on healthcare, Castro also said Medicare should be available for all who want it and that American’s should be able to keep their own doctor if they want.
Castro added that it’s important to distinguish between physical healthcare and mental healthcare and provide adequately for both.