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Buttigieg: “I Was a Big Fan of Bernie Sanders When I Was 18 Years Old”

Of all the surprises of the Democratic nomination race, the surging candidacy of Pete Buttigieg may be the biggest. The South Bend Mayor has made it a 4 person race between himself, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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That’s not to say that Buttigieg doesn’t have numbers that need to improve. The candidate has issues with both younger voters and minorities. When asked about his issues with younger voters by CBS, he answered by taking a shot at Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

CBS This Morning anchor Tony Dokoupil asked the candidate, “You don’t have a majority of young voters in this country, according to polls. Is there a way in which you are out of touch with your own generation?”

Buttigieg answered, “No, but it is certainly the case that often younger candidates tend to attract more support from older voters. But we are building a coalition that’s going to draw voters from every part of this country.”

When pressed about the large gap in support, the South Bend Mayor continued, “There is going to be a continued process to earn support across the coalition, but it certainly the case that many of the younger voters are more attracted to, for example the Sanders campaign definitely has more young voters. I was a big fan of Bernie Sanders when I was 18 years old.”

Buttigieg was also on the receiving end of criticism on Thursday. Not mentioning him by name, Elizabeth Warren said, “We know that another (candidate) calls the people who raise a quarter of a million dollars for him his ‘National Investors Circle,’ and he offers them regular phone calls and special access. When a candidate brags about how beholden he feels to a group of wealthy investors, our democracy is in serious trouble.”