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

Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Buttigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release 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) WallaceDC delegate: Congress took up police reform due to 'impatience in the streets' Activist: Stop vilifying protesters and try to understand why they are fighting Ex-CDC director: 'No doubt' coronavirus 'has the upper hand' 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 IngrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options Trump's July 4 weekend comes with COVID-19 backdrop Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record MORE and Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson's top writer resigns amid allegations he posted racist, sexist remarks online Crenshaw takes aim at Duckworth's patriotism, accuses her of supporting the 'destruction of America' Duckworth says Trump, Carlson questioning her patriotism to distract from president's 'failure to lead our nation' MORE

“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 SandersBiden wins Louisiana primary Oh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip 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 WarrenTrump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution 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 HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion 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."