When responding to a question about whether he’d fight for Medicare for All, Buttigieg said that the Republicans’ view of the Democrats should not concern them when it comes to policy.
“It is time to stop worrying about what the Republicans will say,” Buttigieg said. “If we embrace a far-left agenda, they’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they’re going to do? They’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists.”
#DemDebate: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg claims Democrats will be perceived as socialists no matter their policy agenda, and says it's time to "stop worrying" about what the GOP says and "stand up for the right policy." #OANN pic.twitter.com/IxebHA4CVL
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) July 31, 2019
McCain didn’t mince words when she gave her opinion of his performance during the debate.
“Mayor Pete, when you’re talking about Republicans going to paint everyone as being socialists, that’s just ridiculous,” McCain said. “And a really good way to lose the moderates, [who] I thought you, as the South Bend Indiana mayor, were trying to get.
“You know who I don’t think is a socialist? Joe Biden. I don’t think Tulsi Gabbard is a socialist. There are many candidates on this stage that I don’t think that,” she said. “So please don’t put in my mouth that I’m going to paint all Democrats as socialists. I don’t think there’s a socialist sitting at this table with me. I think that is a cheap talking point and I used to like him.”
McCain’s reaction to Buttigieg’s remarks was met with some backlash on Twitter.
@MeghanMcCain during the debate the Republican Party ran an ad calling all the Democratic candidates ‘reckless socialists’ so if you don’t like Mayor Pete acknowledging the truth then 🤷🏽♀️
— Daniel Hayes (@boujee_unicorn) July 31, 2019
Because Meghan again is the whole republican party? Tell your damn story walking . You use this EVERY time. In fact I will make a video collage of the number of times she used a scare tactic of saying Dems want to implement socialism.
— LISA (@Llove2chat) July 31, 2019
I hate to break it to you Meghan...but most members of the GOP - that are Trump followers are going to say that about Democrats. So its not a cheap talking point...its the truth. You might be the exception and there are not enough of you out there who are standing up to Trump
— Rhonda OBrien (@rjovoices) July 31, 2019
Others, however, defended Meghan and her point of view.
That's one way for @PeteButtigieg to lose undecided voters. There's a good number of Republicans that don't support President Trump. This statement definitely won't resonate with those voters.
— Austin Sandy (@SandyOnSocial) July 31, 2019
She doesn’t paint every Democrat as a socialist. If you watched the show today you would see that..
— carter (@carterchapman) July 31, 2019
Wow! I am shocked at all the hate for Miss McCain. I don't agree with alot of what she says politically but I respect what she has to say and it does give me food for thought. She offers a balance on The View. Isn't that what it's all about?
— t. Oratangip (@repsiw5) July 31, 2019
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