Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE told a Fox News town hall on Sunday that his youth means the future of the U.S. is a personal issue for him. 

“What the world is going to look like in the 2050s isn’t just something I’m just something I think about or write about, or wonder about,” Buttigieg, 37, told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace to Colbert: US hasn’t seen this level of unrest since 1968 Chris Wallace to ‘The View’: Trump had a ‘very bad week’ for his reelection prospects Economic adviser on positive news: ‘The worst thing we can do right now is relax’ MORE in Claremont, N.H. “It’s hopefully going to be my life, too.” 

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The mayor talked about the need to tackle issues such as climate change and the deficit to prevent crises for future generations — and the younger members of current ones. 

“That’s why making sure we do something about climate change, making sure we actually have a fiscally sustainable path,” he said. “These problems will be visited on the heads of not just my children or my grandchildren, but me, and people in my generation too, and I think it gives me an ability to speak to those issues.” 

If elected, Buttigieg would be the youngest president in U.S. history. Two the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), are in their 70s, as is President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.

“I do think there is a special value to generational change at a moment like this because we’re not just living through another election,” Buttigieg said Sunday evening. “I believe we’re living through a transition at a moment in American history as consequential as the one that brought us the New Deal,” he said. “Everybody’s got different attributes that they bring, one of the ones I bring is the possibility of that generational shift.”

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