Buttigieg defends experience: 'Anybody of any age can do a good job'

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE on Friday defended his experience against other Democratic presidential rivals as the South Bend, Ind., mayor seeks to garner more support in the primary race.

“I think anybody of any age can do a good job. Obviously I’m enthusiastic about the generational energy that’s out there, but it only makes sense if it’s connected to a vision,” Buttigieg said on ABC’s “The View.” 

“The case I’ve been laying out is that there’s a vision of what our country might look like by the time I get to the current president’s age, and that vision has to be rooted in the decisions we make right now,” he added.

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Buttigieg, 37, is one of the youngest candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination but has seen his stock rise in polls as he crisscrosses the country campaigning in the early months of the primary race.

The Midwest mayor appeared alongside former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, 76, and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), 77, in Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate. During one exchange, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.), 38, urged Biden to “pass the torch” to the younger generation.

“I thought Pete Buttigieg looked real young last night, and real green,” Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain slams Cuomo, de Blasio as ‘an utter disgrace’ following another night of unrest in NYC Crowds flock to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend CNN’s Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test MORE, a co-host on “The View,” remarked on Friday’s episode. 

Buttigieg maintained that he would combine his youthful perspective with the expertise of older politicians should he be elected president. 

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“It’s not that I don’t understand the way things work and the way things have worked for years, it’s that I don’t accept it, and I think sometimes coming in with more of an outside perspective is a real asset, especially when the system itself is so broken and in need of being deeply, deeply reformed and redesigned,” Buttigieg said Friday on ABC.

“One of the things I learned right away as a very young mayor is that sometimes you need to lean on the expertise of people who have been doing work for longer than you’ve been alive, but you also can’t be afraid to bring a totally new perspective, which is what I think leaders from a new generation can do uniquely,” he said.

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