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Pete Buttigieg Gets Standing Ovation at End of Fox News Town Hall

Pete Buttigieg received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end of his Fox News town hall in Claremont, New Hampshire Sunday night.

The South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate drew raucous applause throughout his town hall with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, particularly when he dismissed President Donald Trump’s tweets: “I don’t care,” Buttigieg remarked when asked how he felt about the missives.

At the end of the town hall, Wallace gave him time for a closing statement:

Look, what we’re trying to do here is different. Because the moment that we’re in is different. I get that a millennial, midwestern mayor is not what leaps to mind when you think about a prototypical candidate for president. But I also think we’re living — if it’s hard to figure out what’s going on right now, it’s because we are living on one of those blank pages in between chapters of American history. And what comes next could be ugly or it could be amazing. And I believe running for office is an act of hope, and so is voting for somebody, and supporting somebody and volunteering for somebody. I hope you’ll join me in making sure that that next era is better than any we’ve had so far.

“Thank you, mayor,” Wallace replied, as the audience began to stand in applause, surprising the anchor. “Wow, a standing ovation,” he remarked.

Buttigieg spent the town hall deftly handling Wallace’s pointed questions on a host of issues from fiscal policy to late term abortions. The South Bend, Indiana mayor also addressed an elephant in the room: a split amongst 2020 Democrats over whether they should appear on Fox News, after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she would refuse. Buttigieg said he believes much of the Fox News audience tunes in “in good faith,” but blasted the network’s opinion hosts during his appearance, singling out Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

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