Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg warned Democrats Friday that "normal didn't work" well enough to keep President Donald Trump from winning in 2016, and pushing for a "safe" candidate to defeat him won't work either.
"There's a temptation to play it safe in the Democratic Party," the South Bend, Indiana mayor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "That's almost always been self-defeating, but that temptation is there because we know how important it is to defeat Donald Trump. Out of that is arising the message that what we're going to offer as a party is we're going to go back to normal...that's a very dangerous message for us to adopt."
However, he insisted that even though he is a “champion of generational change” but added that “a person of any age could be a great candidate,” when he was asked if former Vice President Joe Biden's "time is up."
"Normal didn't work" in the industrial midwest, Buttigieg pointed out, and if candidates look like they're promising to go back, "we're gonna lose a lot of people because we can't keep that promise any more than Trump can keep the promise of turning America back to the 1950s."
Buttigieg also decried the loud, heated arguments that were taking place during Thursday night's debate.
"It kind of became bizarre," he said. "I don't think you want to replace Democratic havoc for Republican havoc. We have had all of the noise from the master of noise, Donald Trump. You don't want to show you can be just as noisy."
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