Buttigieg: 'The squad' is 'very healthy for our party'

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone MORE, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., says he thinks that having a range of ideas within the Democratic Party is "healthy" amid increased focus on a quartet of progressive freshman congresswomen known as "the squad."

Asked how he would relate to the Democratic lawmakers, or others in the party he may disagree with, Buttigieg replied, "I think it's very healthy for our party to have a range of opinions, especially as we get into this season of the 2020 primary."

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"The whole virtue of the primary is it's when people hash out exactly where the party is headed, and I welcome all of those voices," he continued. "We're talking about Americans who have been elected by their fellow Americans in order to lead and represent them, that's a healthy conversation, even if it turns at some moments into a tug-of-war over strategy or we're still hashing out what the right answer's going to be."

The group of congresswomen Buttigieg was asked about is made up of Democratic Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMassachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers Ocasio-Cortez knocks Biden: He 'helped sell the invasion of Iraq' and 'spent years working to cut Social Security' MORE (N.Y.). 

They have been in the news in recent days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE tweeted suggesting that the four, all women of color, should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Only one of the women was born in another country and all of them are U.S. citizens.

The House on Tuesday voted to condemn Trump's comments as racist. The vote passed largely along party lines, with four Republicans and Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (Mich.) voting with the Democrats. 

Buttigieg is among more than two dozen people competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.