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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Delegate count unchanged after Iowa caucus recount completed 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) WallaceFox's Chris Wallace to interview Joe Biden for first time since 2007 Chris Wallace 'horrified' by CNN's Acosta's conduct: 'It's not our job to one-up presidents' President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks 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 IngrahamLimbaugh: Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party pose 'far greater threat to this country' than coronavirus Laura Ingraham: Democrats, media 'have decided to weaponize fear' over coronavirus Fox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history MORE and Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonStone juror: Trump 'attacking citizens for performing their civic duty' Fox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history Stone judge criticizes Trump for tweets about juror 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 SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary 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 Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll 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 HarrisThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Biden looks to shore up lead in SC 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."