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Buttigieg on Green New Deal: It’s Not a Fully Articulated Policy

"When we think about something like the Green New Deal...I think we should admit that it's more a set of goals, right now, than a fully articulated policy."

By NTK Staff | 04.16.2019 @10:52am


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) took a shot at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal, saying that it was not “a fully articulated policy,” during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday.

Maddow asked Buttigieg why he had not gone into more detail about some of the policies he has proposed on the campaign trail and whether this was a strategic decision.

“Part of it is a sequencing thing. But I do want everybody to understand where I stand on any important policy issue, and we’ve tried to make that clear in interviews and statements. You’ll start seeing more of a web presence that will make that clear, too,” Buttigieg said. “I think as Democrats, we sometimes have a tendency to lead with the policy of minutia.”

Buttigieg then went on to praise Republicans for winning the messaging war around American values.

“Healthcare is freedom to me. It secures our freedom to have access to health care, which is why I have been clear about Medicare for All being the desired destination for us. But also, I believe that politicians that talk about things like Medicare for All should have some account of the glide path to get there,” Buttigieg added.

He also discussed how Democrats should look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal as an example of how to accomplish big policy proposals, saying that it was successful because it was something that the American people supported.

“When we think about something like the Green New Deal, which we should admit even though I think it’s a very attractive framework, I think we should admit that it’s more a set of goals right now than a fully articulated policy,” Buttigieg said.

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