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Buttigieg: McConnell will have to decide if he'll stand in the way of health care, tax plans

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Vaccination goals for 2021 Exclusive 'Lucky' excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point MORE told Fox News on Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE faces an adversarial Senate should it remain Republican-controlled.

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE's gonna have a decision to make,” Buttigieg told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRomney: Total figure for Biden coronavirus stimulus is 'pretty shocking' Rubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' Romney noncommittal on impeachment vote but says trial is likely constitutional MORE. “Is his purpose in Washington to defy the American people who along with the president and the House of Representatives will believe in expanding, not taking away, health care, ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes instead of slashing their taxes no matter what, raising wages, treating climate change as real?”

Buttigieg said that if McConnell “wants to stop progress” he feared the Republican Party would “pay a devastating price politically.” 

When Wallace asked Buttigieg how President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE’s refusal to concede will affect Biden’s calls for unity, the former South Bend, Ind., mayor said Biden is committed to working with those who did not necessarily support his candidacy.

“I think it's one of the reasons you see the president-elect already reaching out to those who didn't vote for him, and he didn't just say, ‘Give me a chance’ or just say, ‘I'm going to give you a chance,’” Buttigieg said.“He said, ‘Let's give each other a chance,’ and that's an example of how he's beginning to work with the nation.”

Buttigieg is considered a contender for a place in Biden's Cabinet, possibly as secretary of Veterans Affairs, as he is a Navy veteran.