Buttigieg defends experience: 'Anybody of any age can do a good job'

Buttigieg defends experience: 'Anybody of any age can do a good job'
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Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE on Friday defended his experience against other Democratic presidential rivals as the South Bend, Ind., mayor seeks to garner more support in the primary race.

“I think anybody of any age can do a good job. Obviously I’m enthusiastic about the generational energy that’s out there, but it only makes sense if it’s connected to a vision," Buttigieg said on ABC's "The View." 

"The case I’ve been laying out is that there’s a vision of what our country might look like by the time I get to the current president’s age, and that vision has to be rooted in the decisions we make right now,” he added.


Buttigieg, 37, is one of the youngest candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination but has seen his stock rise in polls as he crisscrosses the country campaigning in the early months of the primary race.

The Midwest mayor appeared alongside former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE, 76, and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.), 77, in Thursday night's Democratic presidential primary debate. During one exchange, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial New security video shows lawmakers fleeing during Capitol riot Newly released footage shows Schumer's 'near miss' with Capitol rioters MORE (D-Calif.), 38, urged Biden to "pass the torch" to the younger generation.

“I thought Pete Buttigieg looked real young last night, and real green,” Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Sinema goes viral for wearing 'Dangerous Creature' sweater on Senate floor Meghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci MORE, a co-host on “The View,” remarked on Friday’s episode. 

Buttigieg maintained that he would combine his youthful perspective with the expertise of older politicians should he be elected president. 

“It’s not that I don’t understand the way things work and the way things have worked for years, it’s that I don’t accept it, and I think sometimes coming in with more of an outside perspective is a real asset, especially when the system itself is so broken and in need of being deeply, deeply reformed and redesigned,” Buttigieg said Friday on ABC.

“One of the things I learned right away as a very young mayor is that sometimes you need to lean on the expertise of people who have been doing work for longer than you’ve been alive, but you also can’t be afraid to bring a totally new perspective, which is what I think leaders from a new generation can do uniquely,” he said.