South Bend, Indiana Mayor – and longshot 2020 Democratic presidential candidate – Pete Buttigieg acknowledged that he is not the obvious choice to challenge President Trump for the White House, but said his mayor experience in the college city gives him "the front line , Government Experience "needed in Washington.
Speaking during an interview on ABC News & # 39; "This Week" Sunday, 37-year-old Buttigieg proclaimed his experience as a small town mayor while he laid out his platform on issues ranging from healthcare to foreign policy.
"I understand that someone like me is talking to driving to this office, but honestly it's a leap for someone," Buttigieg said. "All the people who had that job have been mortal who just bring their experience to the table. My experience is to lead a city through a transformation, and I think a Mayor at any level has that kind of leader front line, government experience – and by the way, problem-solving experience – as we need more in Washington right now. "
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Buttigieg said he agrees with his colleague Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in California, on the issue of "Medicare-for-Everyone" but that he differs from her when it comes to doing away with private insurance.
"There may be a role for the private sector," he said. "If we want to make Medicare available to everyone, whether it's a public opportunity to buy in or simply to set it up as the payment structure works in that country, it will be the center of gravity. And in the bottom line, we need to secure that all Americans are able to get health care. "
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Buttigieg also weighed on the tense situation in Venezuela where contested President Nicolas Maduro is under strong pressure – both internally and from the global community – to give up power among Trump's threats to use US military power to force the leader outside the office. The trump administration has imposed sanctions on the regime and supported opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has proclaimed his interim president.
"I agree that Maduro has lost its legitimacy," he said. "I think it is extremely irresponsible to talk about committing US troops to what could be a proxy or war with countries claiming Venezuelan oil."