Mayor Pete Buttigieg offered his strongest performance of his campaign, with a series of forceful, coherent arguments. He drew very sharp distinctions yet between himself and the rest of the other 11 candidates.
When Elizabeth Warren once again promised that “costs will go down” for most Americans under her “no private insurance” idea, Buttigieg balked.
“A yes or no question that didn’t get a yes or no answer. This is why people are so frustrated.
Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this. No plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion-dollar hole in this plan that Senator Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in. We can move forward with the biggest transformation since Medicare. The way to do it without a giant multi-trillion-dollar hole and avoiding a yes or no question is Medicare advantage plans 2021 for all who want it.”
Besides being a wonk, Buttigieg also displayed a bit of temper in an exchange with former Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s proposal for a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. Pete. said,
“I don’t need lessons from you on courage—personal or political.
The problem is not other Democrats who don’t agree with your particular idea of how to handle this. The problem is the National Rifle Association and their enablers in Congress and we should be united in taking the fight to them…
What we owe to those survivors is a solution. We are at the cusp of building a new American majority to actually do things that congressmen and senators have been talking about with almost no impact for my entire adult life. This is really important, okay? On guns we are this close to an assault weapons ban. And we’re going to get wrapped around the axle whether it’s
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your guns?’”
But will it move the polls? We shall see.
(Photo, screen grab; via Politico)