Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 3

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Published: 01/27/2020

Pete Buttigieg talks the limits of presidential power and abortion during a Fox News town hall. Watch the rest of the town hall here: Part one: Part two: Part four: FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC),

[ applause ] welcome back to our fox news. Townhall with mayor pete buddha judge, correspondent, peter doocy, has been on the trail here in iowa the past few months in the lead-up to the first in the nation contest, and he takes a look now at the special role iowa plays in choosing our next president. For many iowans, the caucuses are a family tradition. Yeah iowans take this very seriously. They ...
tudy up on this every four years. I think iowans were really good about hearing all the facts and sorting things here. You go, and you say, oh i had so, and so i had dinner with representative so-and-so all right. You know - and it's amazing this is democracy - there's an old adage - that there are only three tickets out of iowa, because only john mccain finished outside the top three and became his party's nominee. Iowa democrats have a better track record of picking eventual nominees. Seven out of ten democratic caucus winners captured the nomination compared to three out of eight republicans and two democratic iowa winners have gone on to become president carter and obama compared to just one republican george, w bush. That begins right here in iowa on february 3rd and i'm hoping you'll make it possible a lot changes cycle to cycle, but the focus will remain on issues and not impeachment it's kind of something that has to be done, but not something that's going to. I don't think move a lot of votes.

You know what i don't think it makes any difference. We'Re too close to the caucus time. It'S so close to the caucus time that the senators that have to leave tonight to go back for the impeachment trial may only have one day left to campaign in the state before the caucuses. And it's a day that a lot of iowans might be busy. In the afternoon superbowl sunday, chris peter, thank you mayor. Let'S talk about the polls and i got ta say every poll seems to have a different leader, but let's look at the polls at the end of 2019 december 31st, you led in the real clear politics average of recent polls with 22 %, but now less than Four weeks later, you're in third place at 17. 8 %, actually i'm trying to say yeah there you are in the 17. 8 %, given that this is your 25th trip to iowa and that you're campaigning here as a bit westerner as a neighbor. Going back to peter doocy speech, don't you have to grab one of those three top tickets to have any chance going forward? We definitely have to perform well in iowa, and i know you let me in to always say perform well, don't you have to win what be for a second, a third i'll, let the analysts make up the goalposts. What i know is that this is our first chance to show versus tell our ability to win and what i'm seeing in terms of the energy on the ground, the the skill of our organizers, the enthusiasm of our volunteers. I believe we have what it takes to surprise. A lot of people turn a lot of heads and do exactly that.

So you good so you're gon na finish in the top three we're gon na do great and we're in it to win it you're in it to my last person who said that was hillary clinton, so i don't know why would you let's get back to the Question with brandon wheelock is a student at drake university here in des moines brandon good evening, sir. What is your plan to limit presidential powers so they cannot be abused or manipulated if we, as we have seen them been in recent, the recent presidency, and do you have a plan to defuse federal authority back down to the state level so that the states may Decide their own laws and their policies again as what it used to previously happen. Yeah. So there's no question right now we got a president who doesn't even seem to think there is any limits on his own power turns out a big part of what kept the presidency in its place was just the restraint of presidents and so we're gon na need To look at legal solutions, impeachments supposed to be a constitutional solution, but there should be congressional limitations on what a president can do and there are, but the reality is. This is also about making sure we empower not just states but communities. Maybe it's a mayor's. I view, but one of the things you'll notice across my policies is that i don't always expect that the answers will come from washington. I think more. The funding should so whether we're dealing with mental health and addiction, whether we're dealing with racial inequities and health, whether we're dealing with infrastructure solutions, i think as much as possible. We need to empower local communities that are already doing so much in order to solve these challenges and then ensure that the federal policy is a floor, not a ceiling on what can be done, and we've also got to insist that other branches step up and do Their job, that's one of the problems with war powers, it's not just the behavior of presidents. It'S a congress. That'S been all too happy to leave its war powers aside because it's difficult to deal with, which is why, if i am required to seek an authorization for the use of force - and i hope i never am - but if i am - i will insist as a limitation On myself that it have a three year expiration that if i are a future president really needed to extend an engagement, we'd have to go back to congress and sell congress and the american people that way.

The troops who put their lives on the line and can summer the courage to go abroad and into harm's way, we'll know that our elected officials will have to summon the courage to take her up or down vote on whether they should be there. In the first place, okay right keep standing, because your next question is from noah baker, he's a student at koch college in cedar rapids. Thank you, mayor, pete, pointing to examples like france and china. What is your take on using nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels? An attempt to slow down climate change? Well, the greatest threat that we have when it comes to energy issues? Is carbon pollution leading to climate change, and that means we shouldn't have blanket solutions that ignore the pathway to get to where we need to go, and for that reason i'm not going to be dogmatic about nuclear. I think that in the short term, as part of the transition, it is a source of non co2 emitting power. I also don't think that it's the solution for the long run, and it's why i don't support adding nuclear to the mix. There are too many issues too many questions about the storage of waste and all of the hazards that are there. So we've got to recognize that in the medium term, it's part of how we get there, but at the end of the day, we've got to be so much more imaginative about how we generate power generate energy and fuel the industry of this country. In order to meet the goals that are imperative in order for us to live well in the decades to come, we have a question now from christian day about abortion christian. I am a proud pro-life democrat. So do you want the support of pro-life democrats for pro-life democratic voters? There are about 21 million of us and, if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the democratic party to ensure that the party of diversity of inclusion really does include everybody? Well, i respect where you're coming from and i hope to earn your vote, but i'm not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice and i believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision.

Here'S what i can, but i know that the difference of opinion that you and i have is one that we have come by honestly and the best that i can offer and it may win your vote and, if not, i understand the best i can offer. Is that if we can't agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line and, in my view, it's the woman who's faced with that decision in her own life. This is an interesting moment because president trump spoke at the march to light moon. He was the first president ever to actually appear at the march to life movement and i'm curious kristin. Will you satisfied with the answer you got for the mayor because he did not answer the second part of my question and the second part was the democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don't belong. We have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months. The government should pay for it and there's nothing that says that people have by diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party in 1996 and several years after that there was a language in the democratic platform that said that we understand that people Have very differing views on this issue, but we are a big tent party that includes everybody, and so therefore we welcome you. People like me into the party, so we can work on issues that we agree on. So i my question was to youth. Would you be open to language like that in the democratic club platform, that really did say that our party is diverse and inclusive and we want everybody well. I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and i support the roe versus wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy. There are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy, there very few exceptions and again the best i can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues.

So what do you? What do you say to democrats who are pro-life and there are obviously millions of them as well? What do you say to them on an issue of such deep conscience that they should overlook this particular issue and look at the whole sum of views or go find another party? Look, i've never encountered a politician or, frankly, another person that i agreed with a hundred percent of the time and even on very important things, we may sometimes disagree, but at the end of the day, this is what i believe and people i care about and respect View it differently, but this is something i believe is so important, especially because i'm never going to have to make that decision. And so i may have my views. But i cannot imagine that a decision that a woman confronts is going to ever be better, medically or morally, because it's being dictated by any government official and that's just where i am on the i think it's fair to say christen is not clapping. But that's part of the process. Let'S hear now from lauren johnson who has a question about housing and homelessness. Lauren all right we're see we're seeing a rise in homelessness and a rise in housing cost of rice around the country, but we're also seeing it here in des moines. What would you do as president to build more affordable homes from des moines all the way to san francisco, so i'm proposing that we invest four hundred and thirty billion dollars in making sure that more affordable housing gets built and making sure that families can better access Things like tax credits and vouchers to support their ability to get a home, but that's half the equation. A part of it is the cost of housing, and then the other part of it is what i think is the biggest problem in our economy today. One that's not even complicated it's. This people are not getting paid enough. Sometimes the problems are simpler than they look and right now, there's not a single county in the whole united states of america, where somebody working working full-time if they're a minimum wage could afford. Even a two-bedroom apartment, so we need to not only make sure that there's more support for affordable housing to be built, but also just lift wages, affordable housing is only affordable.

If you got the income to afford it, and right now, we're actually seeing the minimum wage worth less than it used to be, and folks earning a lot more than the minimum wage still struggling to be able to get the housing that they need. We have to tackle this. We have the resources to do it. If we have the will and shame on us, if we allow homelessness to be a problem that accelerates in our time mayor, you talked about, you talked about facing the problems of the future, rather than continuing to fight the battles over the past. Is that putting the best face on the fact that you're really young? Well, i certainly think it's one of the virtues that i bring from the perspective my generation. Look the next president's going to face issues that are different in kind than some of the things that we've been dealing with in the past. Just look at where we are as a country and what we're up against. And i've also noticed that there's a generation of leaders around the world in countries from finland to new zealand who are taking office at ages younger than mine, and i think that that's the sort of thing you might expect america to be leading rather than playing catch-up On, but let me let me make a more tactical point, which is that every time my party's won in the last 50 years won the white house, one of the things about our nominee has been at somebody who's new on the scene, not viewed as a creature Of washington and opening the door to a new generation of leadership, so even if you're just focused on how to win. Let'S remember that part of how we galvanize americans is getting them to focus on the future, and i think i have a lot to offer when it comes to that coming up we'll get into some other topics and a lightning round. You don't want to miss when we return from the river center here in des moines, iowa.

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