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Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration

Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration
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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) said Sunday that despite his criticisms of Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE during the presidential primaries, it was time to “turn the page” on President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE’s administration.

Fox’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Chris Wallace says he was 'jealous' of moderator watching final debate between Trump and Biden MORE asked Buttigieg Sunday about his earlier comments during the primary blasting Biden’s support for the Iraq war.

“I think invading Iraq is a mistake and I think the vice president said the same, but we’re not going to take lessons in Iraq policy from this current president who can barely keep straight what’s going on in the Middle East,” Buttigieg, a member of Biden’s transition team, responded.

“It’s 2020 and the choice has come down to Joe Biden, who I enthusiastically support, and Donald Trump, who has been a disaster in every foreign and domestic issue of policy at stake,” he added. “We definitely need to turn the page even more now than when I was running for president a year ago.”

Buttigieg also expressed optimism about the level of Democratic unity after a crowded, often contentious primary season.

“Look how unified we are now, you’ve got Democrats from across the spectrum from the left to the center joining with independents and Republicans because we can all see what’s at stake here,” Buttigieg said. “I can’t think of an election in modern history where the choice has been this stark and I know what side I’m on.”

Wallace also pressed Buttigieg on the issue of adding seats to the Supreme Court. Biden has said he is “not a fan” of the idea but has also conflated “court-packing” with the Republican rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session MORE to the high court.

“There’s an enormous amount of frustration that this Senate under [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE can’t even vote on a COVID relief package” but is taking up the Barrett nomination, Buttigieg added, saying that while the nomination was constitutional, “the bottom line is the word I would use is ‘wrong.’”

“My marriage might depend on what is about to happen right now with this justice,” he added.