South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe 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) WallaceCDC director urges Americans to go outside, 'enjoy your trick-or-treating' Rep. Khanna expresses frustration about Sinema CDC director: 'We can't be complacent' amid drop in COVID-19 cases MORE.
“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 Ingraham90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive Texas lt. governor faces backlash after claiming unvaccinated African Americans responsible for COVID-19 surge Fox News requires employees to provide vaccination status MORE and Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonButtigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet Country star Travis Tritt canceling shows at sites with mandates 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 SandersOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal 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 WarrenSenate Democrats propose corporate minimum tax for spending package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Democrats face critical 72 hours 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 HarrisRNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech 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."