Buttigieg takes on Trump, pitches four new tax hikes in Fox News Town Hall

Fox News | 5/19/2019 | Gregg Re
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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses his youth, leadership experience, inclusive policy plans, abortion, drug addiction and debt with moderator Chris Wallace in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Insurgent Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged at the Fox News town hall in Claremont, New Hampshire Sunday evening that he needs to do more to appeal to "black and brown" voters, even as he confidently parried a series of policy questions -- and, on several occasions, went directly after President Trump.

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Buttigieg argued that minority voters are "skeptical of people who seem to come out of nowhere," after moderator Chris Wallace noted that he was polling at one-percent support among nonwhite primary voters according to a recent Fox News poll.

On fiscal policy, Buttigieg pushed for four distinct tax hikes when asked about the deficit, saying he favored a "fairer, which means higher" marginal income tax, a "reasonable" wealth tax "or something like that," a financial transactions tax, and closing "corporate tax loopholes."

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"You don't blow a hole in the budget with an unnecessary and unaffordable tax cut for the very wealthiest," Buttigieg told Wallace, referring to President Trump's tax legislation.

With little equivocating, Buttigieg largely stuck to reminding voters of his core campaign pledges, and the lessons he learned from his six-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2014: "We do not send young men and women to war when there's an alternative," he emphasized.

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Throughout, Buttigieg repeatedly drew applause -- even when he defended his calls to abolish the Electoral College, a move that would gut New Hampshire's influence in selecting the next president.

"States don't vote, people vote," Buttigieg said. He added that "if we're going to call ourselves a democracy," the U.S. should move to a popular vote system.

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