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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE tried to separate himself from his 2020 primary competitors in an interview airing Sunday.

Buttigieg discussed fellow candidates Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' 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." 

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