Scarborough calls Buttigieg 'the future of the Democratic Party'

MSNBC’s Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough compares Trump rally to late-period Elvis show Scarborough: 'What a joke' for Pompeo to say Fox's Wallace asks ridiculous questions O'Rourke: Biden would be a return to the past MORE called South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE “the future of the Democratic Party” following the presidential candidate’s Sunday town hall on Fox News.

"I've seen the future of the Democratic Party, and it's Mayor Pete,” Scarborough said Monday, paraphrasing rock critic Jon Landau’s remarks about Bruce Springsteen in the mid-70s. “It may not be in 2020, perhaps it’s in 2024 or beyond, but this guy is going to play an important role in the mainstreaming of the Democratic Party for many years to come.”

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Buttigieg received frequent applause during the Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE–moderated event Sunday evening, during which he defended appearing on the network even as the Democratic National Committee and fellow presidential candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAbigail Disney: 'We're creating a super-class' of rich people Is Big Tech biased? The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (D-Calif.) have eschewed appearing on the network.

"There are a lot of Americans who my party can’t blame if they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don’t go on and talk about it," Buttigieg said Sunday.

“That’s why, whether it’s going into the viewership of Fox News or geographically, it’s going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much. I think we've got to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so we’re truly connecting with Americans from coast to coast," he said.

Scarborough’s co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiScarborough: D-Day anniversary speech 'most powerful' of Trump's presidency The Hill's 12:30 Report: McGahn inflames Dem divisions on impeachment Scarborough calls Buttigieg 'the future of the Democratic Party' MORE previously urged Warren, who called Fox News a “hate-for-profit racket,” to participate in a forum with the network.

“I would argue that a presidential candidate should be able to walk into any situation, walk into any fire, and have the confidence and the ability to put it out by spreading the Democratic values and his or her beliefs,” Brzezinski said last week. “And I think they should go into Fox and do all the town halls they can do because Fox, you could argue, is smart to be doing these."

The "Morning Joe" team hosted Buttigieg in March, soon after the candidate launched his exploratory committee. After his appearance on the show, Scarborough compared the response to the Democratic rising star to former President Obama.