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 ButtigiegFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement 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) WallaceGillibrand says Fox News commentators have 'deeply distorted' issues surrounding abortion Gillibrand campaign selling 'not very polite' merchandise after spat with Fox News anchor Gillibrand spars with Fox News anchor over abortion coverage 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 IngrahamMcConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' Ebola outbreak in Africa spreads fake news in America MORE and Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonGlenn Greenwald defends 'contemptuous cretin' Crowder: 'YouTube caved in defense of the powerful' Glenn Greenwald defends 'contemptuous cretin' Crowder: 'YouTube caved in defense of the powerful' Tucker Carlson praises Warren: Some economic proposals 'make obvious sense' 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 SandersKamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Kamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Playing fast and loose with the economic facts 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 WarrenFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Black Economic Alliance official says African-American voters will 'determine who sits in the White House' 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 HarrisKamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Kamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 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."