The candidates for the Democratic presidential candidacy were questioned on Saturday about their plans on health care reforms and the struggle for workers’ rights in a forum organized by the country’s largest public employee union in Nevada, the state where the first voting will take place in the west of the country in the primary next year.
President Barack Obama’s former Secretary of Housing, Julian Castro, began with requests to follow Nevada’s footsteps and extend collective bargaining rights for federal employees; while Senator Elizabeth Warren said that the workforce will have the right to express itself in her government while trying to take the country to a government security system run by the government “Medicare for all.”
Castro and Warren were among the 19 Democrats who accepted the invitation to speak at the forum organized by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union of public officials representing 1.6 million workers.
The event takes place at a time when candidates demonstrate their credentials in favor of unions while gathering support from a powerful source of cash and workforce. Some Nevada Democrats hope to focus on everyday weight issues for the state that is greatly affected by the Great Recession.
However, immigration led the first day of talks, when Castro said he was not attacking former President Obama by hinting at a recent debate that Democrats should learn from the past about immigration policy. Castro said the Obama administration “improved over time,” but the Democrats had to seize the opportunity to reform immigration when they took control of Congress at the beginning of the Obama period.
“There are lessons to learn,” Castro said. “It’s not about criticizing President Obama.”
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