Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE defended his decision to take part in a Fox News town hall on Sunday and warned Democrats that many voters may not hear the party’s message if candidates do not speak out in such venues. 

“There are a lot of Americans who my party can’t blame if they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don’t go on and talk about it,” Buttigieg told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace to Colbert: US hasn’t seen this level of unrest since 1968 Chris Wallace to ‘The View’: Trump had a ‘very bad week’ for his reelection prospects Economic adviser on positive news: ‘The worst thing we can do right now is relax’ MORE. 

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“That’s why whether it’s going into the viewership of Fox News or geographically it’s going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much, I think we got to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so we’re truly connecting with Americans from coast to coast,” he continued. 

The Democratic National Committee announced earlier this year that Fox News would not be hosting any of its 2020 primary debates, and the party’s White House contenders have taken a mixed approach to dealing with the conservative network.

Buttigieg did not miss an opportunity to take a shot at two of Fox News’s prominent opinion hosts, Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamLeBron James renews feud with Laura Ingraham: ‘Tired of this treatment’ Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden Trump complains Fox News is ‘doing nothing to help’ him get reelected MORE and Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonThe Hill’s Morning Report – Treasury, Fed urge more spending, lending to ease COVID-19 wreckage Tucker Carlson leaving The Daily Caller Comcast shareholders reject proposals for outside sexual harassment investigation at NBC MORE. 

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“I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what’s going with some of the opinion hosts on this network,” he said, referring to those who disagreed with him for appearing on Fox News. “When you get Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty, when you got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps. Summer camps?”

Despite the skepticism on the party level, Buttigieg is far from the only Democratic White House hopeful to appear on Fox News.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) took part in a town hall on the network last month that brought in more than 2.55 million viewers.

However, Sanders’s progressive colleague and primary opponent, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) announced last week she would not partake in a forum on the network, calling the news organization “a hate for profit machine.” 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) has also reportedly walked away from potential opportunities with Fox News. An aide to Harris’s campaign told The Hill that the network has “reached out, but we haven’t entertained it.”  

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