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Buttigieg after debate: I would be 'most progressive' nominee in party's history

Buttigieg after debate: I would be 'most progressive' nominee in party's history
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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (D) vowed to be the "most progressive" Democratic nominee in a generation after he was attacked over his policies and record by progressives at Friday's debate.

In an interview with ABC News after the debate ended, Buttigieg said that despite criticism from rivals such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown What do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden All fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE (I-Vt.), he would represent a significant shift to the left for the Democratic Party.

"Here's my message to progressives in the party: I would be the most progressive presidential nominee we've put forward in a generation. It's just that I've also found a way to put forward these issues that, we can bring more and more people on board with," he said.

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"We shouldn't measure the boldness of an idea by how many people it turns off, or how much controversy it generates," Buttigieg added. "We should measure by how many people we can bring in to do something big that makes a difference in our actual lives."

The remarks come as Buttigieg has faced criticism from progressives for refusing to endorse a "Medicare for All" plan that would eliminate private insurance. He also faced criticism on Friday over his record on racial issues as mayor of South Bend.