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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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Biden signs order to require masks on planes and public transportation Senators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department 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 WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity 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.