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 Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE tried to separate himself from his 2020 primary competitors in an interview airing Sunday.

Buttigieg discussed fellow candidates Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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.