Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake'

Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE tried to separate himself from his 2020 primary competitors in an interview airing Sunday.

Buttigieg discussed fellow candidates Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation". He particularly knocked Biden's vote for the Iraq War. 

"I certainly think that vote was a mistake and I have a different view on that conflict," Buttigieg said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

Buttigieg, who served as a Naval intelligence offer, also noted that the war was something he "opposed as a student and continue[s] to think was a terrible idea."

Buttigieg discussed an essay he wrote as a teen expressing his admiration for Sanders, but said that he has a different approach. 

"It's not unusual, in a moment like this, to admire somebody and also find yourself competing with them," he said. "But I have a different approach. I have a somewhat different message and I represent a very different messenger."

When asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he thinks Sanders' moment has passed, Buttigieg responded that he thinks the current moment "calls for something new."

"The values that make us Democrats shouldn't change," he said.  "We've got to find a different vocabulary around them. We've got to find a way to communicate, in terms of real world impact, what it means to go with a progressive direction, rather than stay on this drift that we have right now in Washington."

Buttigieg said his executive experience gave him a different perspective than other contenders.

"Part of it's because I'm a mayor. And so my world is one of being on the ground," he continued. "We eat what we cook as mayors. We live with the policy decisions we make. There's no force field of staff between me and the constituents who count on me." 


Buttigieg, alongside Biden and Sanders, is among the 24 candidates competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.