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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced 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) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE in Claremont, N.H. "It's hopefully going to be my life, too." 

ADVERTISEMENT

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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (I-Vt.), are in their 70s, as is President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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."