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In an interview, Saturday with MSNBC's Donny Deutsch, Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg discussed his philosophy of campaigning and previewed some of the lines of attack he might take against President Trump.
"The fact that I was packing my bags for Afghanistan when he was filming season seven of 'Celebrity Apprentice,' we could have that fight," he said. "And if somebody wants to raise the question of which one of us has a more traditional attitude on marriage, we can have that fight."
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"But at the end of the day, it's not about him, it's not about me," Buttigieg said. "Because here's the thing about this president. He has the ability to take any attention that comes his way, including attacks and criticism, and just kind of devour it, so we could unintentionally be feeding the beast by competing to see who's the one going to be landing the biggest punch, the best zinger, and the reality, if you step back and think about the mentality, that's an environment where it's almost like he's the one we're trying to impress."
DONNY DEUTSCH: You have had a stunning, stunning beginning to your campaign. The press is just nonstop. Latest TIME Magazine cover, a fantastic cover. You and your husband. Now, as a strategist, I might pull you aside after that and say, "Mayor Pete, that a very defining attribute, you and your husband on the cover." You being gay, as a defining versus just one of your core attributes. I would say, as a strategist, maybe we don't want that to be the defining attribute, but one of your core attributes. Would you push back on me on that?
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MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: That is something you think about when you're presenting yourself to a broader public, but I...
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