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Buttigieg says differences between Biden and Trump are 'almost punching us in the face'

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE said Sunday that the differences between Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE are so stark that they are "almost punching us in the face.”

The former South Bend, Ind. mayor told NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that Biden and Trump differ not on “how,” but “whether” the U.S. will try to combat climate change or provide health care to all Americans.

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Buttigieg also hit Trump on his previous comments that COVID-19 would disappear and highlighted Biden, who he said “believes that questions of science and medicine ought to be settled by taking the advice of scientists and doctors.”

“On every major issue, the difference is so stark, it’s almost punching us in the face,” he added. 

When moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddRichmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' GOP senator calls for cooperation on Biden transition: 'I'd rather have a president that has more than one day to prepare' Hogan calls Giuliani press conference a 'train wreck' MORE asked about the Democratic Party not issuing “more detailed policy prescriptions,” Buttigieg said the policies are “abundantly clear” and available on Biden’s website. 

“This is not just a question of what the federal government is going to do,” he said. “This is a question of who Americans are, what America is. And if you believe that America should be and is defined by democracy, if you believe that America has to be a country that makes room for everybody, the choice couldn’t be clearer.”

The former mayor also blamed White House’s “inaction” for the economy being in “such precarious shape,” predicting it will likely get worse “as we go into the fall.”

“So if they want a battle on the economy, let's have that battle,” he said. “But let's also remember that our democracy, our national character and our ability to fight a deadly pandemic are all on the line.”

Buttigieg endorsed Biden after suspending his campaign following the former vice president’s win in the South Carolina primary. His and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE’s (D-Minn.) campaign suspensions allowed Biden to dominate in the Super Tuesday primaries.