CNN hosts 5 Democratic town halls
Asked how he planned to unite conservatives, moderates and liberal Christians, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said, "God doesn't have a political party."
He went to say his faith is radically different from the current White House. Buttigieg said his faith counsels him to be humble and look after people who need defending.
Pete Buttigieg said Monday that he believes President Donald Trump has made it “pretty clear he deserves impeachment,” but that he wants to leave it to the House and Senate to determine the next steps in that process.
The comments come after Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro backed starting impeachment proceedings last week and Sen. Kamala Harris announced on Monday that she, too, supports starting the impeachment process.
For months, Democrats have not made impeachment a premier issue in their pitch to voters. But the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report has upped the ante on the issue.
“I think he’s made it pretty clear he deserves impeachment,” Buttigieg said to applause. “I’ll leave it to the House and Senate to figure that out because my role in this process is trying to relegate Trumpism to the dustbin of history.”
He added: “I think there’s no more decisive way to do that, especially to get Republicans to abandon this deal with the devil, than to have just an absolute thumping at the ballot box.”
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg defended the plan he pushed as mayor to curb urban blight but acknowledged the “no policy is perfect.”
The policy – which hinged on expediting code enforcement in order to demolish 1,000 deteriorating houses in 1,000 days – has been criticized by some for adversely impacting communities of color in South Bend, particularly on the city’s west side.
Buttigieg said that he views the policy as a success, and noted that “the number one can complaint we heard, especially from minority and low income home owners in the neighborhood, was what took you so long?”
He added, however: “No policy is perfect and we learned things the hard way on this one.”
One of those lessons, he said, was that it was difficult for the government to determine which houses were owned by out of town home owners who had let their property deteriorate and which were owned by local residents who were working to fix up local homes.
Buttigieg said he, over time, his administration learned to be “more accommodating” with home owners.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, described how his life would have been if he'd come out sooner.
Buttigieg, who served as a naval officer in Afghanistan, said he came out after he came back from his deployment.
That's when he said he "started thinking about how you only get to live one life."
Pete Buttigieg said during his CNN town hall Monday night that he views Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as “stupendously different in many respects."
The comment came after Buttigieg took heat from Sanders supporters for seemingly suggesting there were similarities between the two camps.
Buttigieg, speaking to an audience in New Hampshire this weekend, said that both Trump and Sanders supporters “want to vote to blow up the system,” a fact that could make the two different candidates appealing.
Buttigieg made a similar case on Monday:
Buttigieg said that Trump’s pledge to change the system was “bull.”
Rep. Ro Khanna slammed Buttigieg on Sunday for his comments about Sanders of the weekend.
“Come on @PeteButtigieg,” he wrote. “It is intellectually dishonest to compare Bernie to Trump. Bernie is for giving people healthcare, education, childcare, & more pay. He wants to blow up credentialed elitism — those who reject tuition free college for all.”
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he doesn't think people who are incarcerated should be allowed to vote.
He went on to say losing the right to vote is part of the punishment when someone is convicted of a crime.
"You lose your freedom and I think during that freedom it does not make sense to have an exception for it the right to vote," Buttigieg said.
Earlier tonight, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking at his town hall, was asked if sex offenders, the Boston marathon bomber, terrorists and murderers should have the right to vote. He said he thinks everyone should have the right to vote.
"Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, 'Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,' you're running down a slippery slope," Sanders said.
"I still want to do some math around it," the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Buttigieg said he found the proposal "pretty appealing," but suggested that any major movement on the issue should follow similarly large scale changes to how Americans are taxed.
As CNN's MJ Lee and Katie Lobosco reported earlier today, Warren's new plan would forgive $50,000 in student loans for Americans in households earning less than $100,000 a year.
According to analysis provided by her campaign, that would provide immediate relief to more than 95% of the 45 million Americans with student debt.
The Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 contender is also calling for a drastic increase in federal spending on higher education that would make tuition and fees free for all students at two- and four-year public colleges and expand grants for lower-income and minority students to cover costs like housing, food, books and child care.
The campaign estimates that the plan would cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years.