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A Younger Pete Buttigieg Thought That Democrats Weren't Progressive Enough

Released Tuesday, 24th December 2019
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This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.

In deep conversations in college dorms at the height of the Iraq war, Pete Buttigieg joined friends to create an informal group with a mission: rebuild a Democratic Party that would live up to progressive ideals.

Now a top contender for the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg has cultivated a more moderate brand — and faces criticism from a new generation of college-aged activists.

Read more: Pete Buttigieg Spent His Younger Days Pushing …

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

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It’s not surprising that he turned out to be not a progressive Candidate. University activists have unrealistic expectations; e.g. Students debts for which additional yet imperative factors are not considered such as Who pays? How? For How long? Exemptions? And more. Problem solving solutions are not straightforward and Pete knows how to pay the game so he needs to ape all to the wide majority of Democrats. Running a country based on emotions wouldn’t cut it.
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