Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me

Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE told a Fox News town hall on Sunday that his youth means the future of the U.S. is a personal issue for him. 

"What the world is going to look like in the 2050s isn't just something I'm just something I think about or write about, or wonder about," Buttigieg, 37, told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAmash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 Trump labels GOP challengers the 'Three Stooges' Pompeo: Taliban talks are dead 'for the time being' MORE in Claremont, N.H. "It's hopefully going to be my life, too." 

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The mayor talked about the need to tackle issues such as climate change and the deficit to prevent crises for future generations — and the younger members of current ones. 

"That's why making sure we do something about climate change, making sure we actually have a fiscally sustainable path," he said. "These problems will be visited on the heads of not just my children or my grandchildren, but me, and people in my generation too, and I think it gives me an ability to speak to those issues." 

If elected, Buttigieg would be the youngest president in U.S. history. Two the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.), are in their 70s, as is President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE.

"I do think there is a special value to generational change at a moment like this because we're not just living through another election," Buttigieg said Sunday evening. "I believe we're living through a transition at a moment in American history as consequential as the one that brought us the New Deal," he said. "Everybody's got different attributes that they bring, one of the ones I bring is the possibility of that generational shift."