Buttigieg on polarization: 'We don't have to choose between being bold and being unified'

Buttigieg on polarization: 'We don't have to choose between being bold and being unified'
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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE stressed the need for national unity in a town hall on Sunday, telling attendees that Americans do not need to choose between being bold and being unified. 

"We don't have to choose between being bold and being unified," Buttigieg told attendees at a Fox News town hall in Des Moines on Sunday. 

"Some folks are saying you've got to pick one or the other," he continued. "Or that you have to measure boldness by how many people you can turn off and turn away." 

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"I actually think that these bold ideas about you can make American life better are part of how we're going to unify the country, and we've got to unify this country because it has become dangerously divided, and frighteningly polarized," he said. "This is our chance to do something about that, and it's at the core of my campaign." 

Buttigieg was referencing garnering support from a wide array of voters, including Republicans who are disillusioned with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE

The former mayor, who has campaigned heavily on unity, also pointed to issues on which Democrats and Republicans see eye to eye. 

"I'm proposing things that folks even in conservative states think we ought to do," he said, pointing to increasing wages, paid family leave, corporate taxes and curbing gun violence. 

"These are things that most Americans want to see happening, and I believe that's important to remember from the perspective of what it's going to take to govern in the future," he said.