Buttigieg and Bennet take aim at Trump in different ways
Two Democratic White House hopefuls took very different tacts in dealing with Republican President Donald Trump as they campaigned in New Hampshire on Friday.
Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg argued that the 2020 election shouldn’t be about Trump, emphasizing that “of course we’ll confront him, we’ll call him out. We’ll beat him. But at the end of the day, it’s not about him, it’s about us.”
Potential White House candidate Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado had no problem targeting Trump, calling his presidency “a sorry chapter.”
Buttigieg – the South Bend, Indiana mayor who launched a presidential exploratory committee in January – took questions from reporters after headlining ‘Politics and Eggs’ at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Asked by the Monitor why he never mentioned Trump’s name during his address and question and answer session with the audience, Buttigieg said “the biggest message I have to the current president is ‘it’s not about you.’”
“I just think that in addition to responding to the current moment and the current president, we need to be talking about what the next era is going to look like. This president will come and go. This presidency will come and go,” he answered.