The following is a transcript of the interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg that aired Sunday, June 16, 2019, on “Face the Nation.” MARGARET BRENNAN: Mr. Mayor, thanks for making time. MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: Thanks for having me on. MARGARET BRENNAN: You said the Democratic Party can’t go back to the 90s, can’t go back to the 2000s. The party, though, seems to be sort of trying to figure out what it is. What does it mean to be a Democrat right now? BUTTIGIEG: Well I think it means being committed to American values that lead you in a progressive direction. So I- I talk a lot, for example, about freedom. I think freedom is something that, across my lifetime, has been talked about as though it were a conservative value. But it’s an American value, and I don’t think that you enjoy freedom if you’re afraid to start a new business because leaving your old job means losing your health care. I think women’s reproductive freedom is under assault and only Democrats seem prepared to defend it. Very important freedom in my own life, the freedom to choose your spouse, is something that really only exists by the grace of… Read full this story
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