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

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates 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 PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (N.Y.). 

They have been in the news in recent days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (Mich.) voting with the Democrats. 

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