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If you were to win, what is the first thing you will do as President?

On climate change, what is your reaction to the Green New Deal?

Do you have political concern about the Green New Deal in red states?

Mayor Pete reads a passage from his book about how South Bend's story translates to America as whole.

How does your age and perspective set you apart and help you in this field of candidates?

How would you approach trying to reverse the assault on science?

As president what would you do to combat suburban sprawl and auto dependency, as it relates to climate change?

Can you give a big picture of how you plan to address climate change?

Explain your belief that the Green New Deal is "more of a goal than a plan."

What do you think of the proposition that we should be carbon-free by 2030? Is that unrealistic?

What does "intergenerational justice" mean?

How can this country afford and adjust to the Green New Deal in such a short amount of time?

What climate change proposals are you making?

What is a crisis or emergency that you have faced as Mayor that can prepare you for higher office?

How would you deal with climate change?

Are there federal policies you look at and think that we're really getting the balance of efficiency versus morality wrong?

What’s the rush in running for President?

What is your definition of a national emergency?

What are your views on the Green New Deal?

Why a millennial for the nominee?

What is your position on Trump's national emergency for his wall and would you ever use that power to act on something like climate change?

What are your thoughts on fusion energy?

What do you think are the most important policy priorities in terms of climate?

As the youngest candidate, what sets you apart and what do you think has been unfair criticism of millennials?

Pete explains why climate change is a security issue.

What are your views on foreign policy, like the Iran Deal and the Paris Accord?

Does the country need generational change among Democratic leaders?

How does something like the idea of national service get off of the drawing board when we are wired as a country to reject the raising of expectations or mandates?

How can we move the conversation in America to finding realistic solutions to climate change?

What are your plans to mitigate climate change?

How do you sell some of these big ideas to people who aren't as liberal?

What do you think about the electoral college?

What is your Middle Eastern policy with regards to the Iran deal and Israel/Palestine relations?

What are your thoughts on the politicization of the judicial system?

What reform do you think is needed most badly for American capitalism?

Who are the people you think of when you think of Afghanistan?

As a follow-up, how do you ensure the tradition of retail politics continues without the Electoral College?

How do Democrats get back to the middle ground and work for the American people?

How would you go about implementing the changes you'd like to make to our democracy?

How do you navigate "socialism" in the democratic primary?

Is partisanship a threat to democracy?

What's your Democratic bumper sticker?

Pete gives his bumper sticker message: Freedom, Democracy, Security

Pete on what we need to do to strengthen our democracy

Pete introduces himself to voters at the Dublin City Pub

What are your thoughts about ways to return democracy to people like those of us in this room, and how do you intend to fund your own campaign?

How would you cooperate with countries that view homosexuality as a sin and a crime punishable by death?

Pete talks about reforming our democracy.

In an America where Donald Trump is upsetting the norms of our country, it feels both important and precarious to enact bold structural reforms like those you've proposed. What are your thoughts?

Wouldn't doing away with the Electoral College hurt a state like New Hampshire?

How scalable are the issues you deal with as a Mayor to those needed as President?

Why do you want to be President?

Now that Beto O'Rourke is in the race, how do you compete with him as a young person? Do you also think you were "born to run"?

How do you go from mayor to "leader of the free world"?

Do you have the life experience necessary to be President?

What in your experience illustrates the political & people skills needed to get your programs through Congress?

Why do you think you're qualified to go from Mayor to POTUS?

Why would Americans vote for a small town mayor?

What is a crisis or emergency that you have faced as Mayor that can prepare you for higher office?

You’ll go from Mayor to President. That’s a big leap.

Why should we trust a mayor of a smaller city with the reigns of the presidency?

Are you still Mayor of South Bend?

How do you make the leap from Mayor to President?

Similar to Trump, you do not have experience in state or federal government. If elected, how would you use this to an advantage?

Why do you think being mayor of a mid-sized city is adequate preparation to be president of the United States?

Chris Wallace introduces Pete Buttigieg at Fox News Town Hall.

How do you overcome relative youth and inexperience against some of your rivals in the Democratic primary?

As someone who's never held statewide office, what makes you feel you're qualified to be president?

How do you respond to people who say you don't have enough experience?

What's your biggest mistake as Mayor of South Bend?

If you were President what would your policy be with regards to Venezuela?

What is your Middle Eastern policy with regards to the Iran deal and Israel/Palestine relations?

Do you have a position on the bipartisan legislation to criminalize support for the BDS movement?

What would your policy be in Afghanistan?

What's your time frame for removing all the troops from Afghanistan? Syria?

Do you support getting troops off the Korean peninsula?

What’s your foreign policy philosophy?

What do you intend to do with troops in Afghanistan?

What is the best thing for the US to do about the situation in Afghanistan?

Should we do nation building to make it safer in the places where refugees come from?

Pete on a modern framework for security

What are your views on drone warfare?

How would your service in Afghanistan inform your foreign policy?

What should the US be doing with Maduro?

How would your administration negotiate trade in a way that brings success for American industry?

How would you cooperate with countries that view homosexuality as a sin and a crime punishable by death?

What is your view on the approach to Iran?

When should the United States send troops overseas?

How would you respond to an act of war from Russia?

What would your approach be in Afghanistan?

What do you think of the trade war and tariff battle with China?

What are your views on foreign policy, like the Iran Deal and the Paris Accord?

What would your posture be towards the world leaders who violate human rights?

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to withdraw about half of the 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. Do you agree with this approach?

What is your take on the situation in Venezuela and how would you respond if you were President?

Under what circumstances would you consider the use of military force?

Let's take health care. Where are you on Medicare-For-All?

Do you worry tactically about where the health care debate should start?

What will you do to aid with the growing Alzheimer’s health crisis?

How would you make Medicare and Medicaid solvent and expand Medicaid?

In your personal life, what is the hardest thing that you ever faced?

What will you do to break the cycle of poverty in America?

How does your position on health care differ from other candidates in the race?

Are there federal policies you look at and think that we're really getting the balance of efficiency versus morality wrong?

What are your thoughts on Medicare-For-All and should we eliminate private insurance?

Do you believe we should still have private health insurance in a system that provides universal health care?

Pete on the real meaning of freedom

As POTUS, what would you do to fight Alzheimer's disease in our country?

What is your position on health care?

How do you pay for a public option?

Pete explains why a progressive vision for America enhances our freedom.

Pete explains why all politics is personal.

Do you believe that there should be any limit to a women's right to have an abortion?

Do you have your own plan for the opioid crisis?

What would you do to restore fiscal responsibility and slow or stop the growth of our debt?

You have less policy on your website right now then some of your competitors. Is that strategic or are you trying to avoid being pinned down on a policy?

What changes would you make to America’s health care system to help improve equitable health care access?

As President, and somebody who has been in the military, what are you going to do to fix the VA system?

Do you think America is ready for a gay president?

How do you deal with Trump and his insults, attacks, and tweets?

Now that Beto O'Rourke is in the race, how do you compete with him as a young person? Do you also think you were "born to run"?

How do you beat Trump in the industrial midwest?

How do you say to people that you have a better answer than Trump?

Do you have the life experience necessary to be President?

How do you apply the progress you made in South Bend with manufacturing on a national level?

Why would Americans vote for a small town mayor?

What is the relationship between fairness and growth?

How would you address forgotten communities nationally?

Who are you? Tell us about yourself.

What is the main message of the book?

What's the hurry in running for President and writing a memoir?

For all of us who don't know you, tell us about yourself.

What makes you the person to beat Trump?

Why a mayor for the nominee?

Why a midwesterner for the nominee?

Why are you running for President?

What about South Bend is a "model for America's future"?

How would your administration negotiate trade in a way that brings success for American industry?

Pete speaks about growing up in South Bend.

Pete tells the story of the resurgence of South Bend and how it can be a model for America.

Pete talks about why we need to change our focus from the current administration and towards the future of America.

Why do you think being mayor of a mid-sized city is adequate preparation to be president of the United States?

Do you have expectations about the upcoming release of the redacted Mueller Report?

Who are you?

Have you thought about how being the first gay President would fit into the history of civil rights?

Mayor Pete reads a passage from his book about seeking a personal life.

As a woman, why vote for Pete over the well qualified female candidates?

Tell us about your decision to come out as gay.

What is your strategy for overcoming divisive politics?

You would be the first openly gay President. Do you see yourself as a trailblazer?

When did you realize you were gay?

Do you think this country is ready for a gay president?

Do you believe that being the first LGBT candidate will be an asset or hurt you in the race?

Do you think a time is coming where we won't ask if a gay man can be president?

What do we do when right-wing and evangelicals hammer you about your sexuality?

How did you decide to come out?

What is your relationship with Mike Pence now?

How would you cooperate with countries that view homosexuality as a sin and a crime punishable by death?

How do you think your life would have been different if you had come out sooner?

Pete explains why all politics is personal.

Pete reflects about what he would tell to his teenage self if he could go into the past.

How does it make you feel to be on the cover of a national magazine, held up as a model?

What would you say to people who have an issue with the LGBTQ community?

What is your reaction to the idea that despite progress, life remains easier for certain LGBTQ individuals than others?

What is one thing you learned today talking to Al Sharpton?

Was it hurtful to not come out until you were 33 years old?

Were you sure at the time that coming out would cost you your re-election?

In what ways would your candidacy affect the lives of LGBTQ people in America?

You seem like you were created in a lab to run for office. What's the catch?

As veterans, we want to continue to serve. How can we do that?

Do you think America is ready for a gay president?

Which part of your life experience best prepares you for being President?

What makes you think you can do the job of President?

Why is your message different than others?

Why do you want to be President?

Early in your time as mayor you dealt with a incident regarding police recordings. What did you learn from that incident that will make you a better executive?

Let's talk about your record in South Bend.

How does the Mayor of South Bend make the transition to being President?

Why do you think you're qualified to go from Mayor to POTUS?

Why do think you can be elected, given that historically America has never elected a mayor to the White House?

Why are you running for President?

What do you mean by "policy and symbolism cannot be decoupled?"

How has South Bend changed you?

Who are you? Tell us about yourself.

What's the least sexy part of being mayor of South Bend?

Do you run into constituents a lot when you leave the house?

How does being the mayor of South Bend translate to being the President of the United States?

Pete gives opening remarks at Politics & Eggs

Why a mayor for the nominee?

Why are you running for President?

Pete introduces himself to voters at the Dublin City Pub

Why are you rising in the polls?

Are you still Mayor of South Bend?

How do you make the leap from Mayor to President?

What about South Bend is a "model for America's future"?

Tell us about what you did during your time deployed to Afghanistan.

Could you talk about this idea of "intergenerational justice"?

How do you think your life would have been different if you had come out sooner?

Pete announces that he is running for president of the United States.

Pete explains why his candidacy fits this moment in American history.

Pete reflects about what he would tell to his teenage self if he could go into the past.

Chris Wallace introduces Pete Buttigieg at Fox News Town Hall.

Was it hurtful to not come out until you were 33 years old?

Were you sure at the time that coming out would cost you your re-election?

Who are you?

Why do you think your candidacy is catching on like wild fire?

What's your biggest mistake as Mayor of South Bend?

Pete gives closing remarks at Fox Town Hall.

Chris Wallace gives a closer look at Pete's life and career at Fox News Town Hall.

Do you think America is ready for a gay president?

How scalable are the issues you deal with as a Mayor to those needed as President?

In your opinion, what does the Democratic party lack when trying to connect with the middle of the country?

How do you go from mayor to "leader of the free world"?

Why would Americans vote for a small town mayor?

What is a crisis or emergency that you have faced as Mayor that can prepare you for higher office?

How has South Bend changed you?

You’ll go from Mayor to President. That’s a big leap.

Why should we trust a mayor of a smaller city with the reigns of the presidency?

How does being the mayor of South Bend translate to being the President of the United States?

Are you still Mayor of South Bend?

How do you make the leap from Mayor to President?

What did you learn by meeting with African American pastors during your mayoral campaign?

Can you talk about your first serious mistake as mayor with South Bend's police chief?

Have you heard the tapes recorded by the South Bend police chief who was fired?

How has your relationship with the South Bend Black community been impacted by the firing of South Bend's police chief?

What is your plan to restore clean water to Flint?

Why do you think being mayor of a mid-sized city is adequate preparation to be president of the United States?

How do you overcome relative youth and inexperience against some of your rivals in the Democratic primary?

As someone who's never held statewide office, what makes you feel you're qualified to be president?

How do you respond to people who say you don't have enough experience?

What's your biggest mistake as Mayor of South Bend?

You are polling low in communities of color. How do you break through to them, especially compared to your competitors?

I read that you were a fan of Eminem. You are gay, and he has had homophobic lyrics. Is that a contradiction?

Why do you want to be President?

In your opinion, what does the Democratic party lack when trying to connect with the middle of the country?

How do you plan to reach out to midwestern voters who voted for Trump?

How do Democrats win back the heartland?

What is the difference between you (progressive democrat) and Bernie Sanders (democratic socialist)?

How do you apply the progress you made in South Bend with manufacturing on a national level?

Why are you running for President?

How would you address forgotten communities nationally?

What is the main message of the book?

What is South Bend's stamp on you?

Why a midwesterner for the nominee?

Pete introduces himself to voters at the Dublin City Pub

Pete gives a way forward for the DNC

Why are you rising in the polls?

What did you learn from South Bend that would prepare you for taking back the Midwest for Democrats?

What do think about the idea that Democrats could win more votes by moderating on progressive priorities?

Were you comparing Senator Sanders to President Trump in your comments about voters who are stuck economically?

Pete explains why his candidacy fits this moment in American history.

Why do you think being mayor of a mid-sized city is adequate preparation to be president of the United States?

Do you think Congress should start impeachment proceedings against President Trump?

How can we move the conversation in America to finding realistic solutions to climate change?

Why do you think your candidacy is catching on like wild fire?

Pete gives closing remarks at Fox Town Hall.

Why are you running for President?

Are the older candidates less capable of delivering a generational message?

Why do you think millennials are so attracted to you?

I'm having trouble right now because I don't trust an honest politician. What is wrong with our politics that there aren't more people that are honest like you?

Mayor Pete reads a passage from his book about growing up in the millennial generation.

How does your age and perspective set you apart and help you in this field of candidates?

Why do you want to be President?

Why do think you can be elected, given that historically America has never elected a mayor to the White House?

As a woman, why vote for Pete over the well qualified female candidates?

Why are you running for President?

What’s the rush in running for President?

I'm a baby boomer. You're a millennial. What did we do to screw things up for you?

Why a millennial for the nominee?

Why are you running for President?

Pete introduces himself to voters at the Dublin City Pub

Are millennials fragile?

Could you talk about this idea of "intergenerational justice"?

Similar to Trump, you do not have experience in state or federal government. If elected, how would you use this to an advantage?

As the youngest candidate, what sets you apart and what do you think has been unfair criticism of millennials?

Pete explains why his candidacy fits this moment in American history.

What advantages and limitations does your age grant you to being the next President?

What are your plans for the student debt crisis?

Why do you think your candidacy is catching on like wild fire?

Do you think that you are too young to run for president?

Pete gives closing remarks at Fox Town Hall.

Chris Wallace gives a closer look at Pete's life and career at Fox News Town Hall.

Let's talk about your background & South Bend.

I appreciated the letter you wrote to the Muslims in South Bend after the New Zealand attack. Did the city appreciate that?

Mayor Pete reads a passage from his book about how South Bend's story translates to America as whole.

How do you plan on connecting with folks that don't have the shared experience of living in a city like South Bend?

How do you plan to reach out to midwestern voters who voted for Trump?

Early in your time as mayor you dealt with a incident regarding police recordings. What did you learn from that incident that will make you a better executive?

Let's talk about your record in South Bend.

How does the Mayor of South Bend make the transition to being President?

If you become president, what’s the one project in South Bend that you’ll miss working on?

How do you apply the progress you made in South Bend with manufacturing on a national level?

What does the title of your book mean?

What did you mean by "profanity may be abusive but also poetic"?

How has South Bend changed you?

How would you address forgotten communities nationally?

Who are you? Tell us about yourself.

You would be the first openly gay President. Do you see yourself as a trailblazer?

Was the book part of the campaign?

What is the main message of the book?

What is South Bend's stamp on you?

Were you surprised that you ended up back in South Bend?

What's the least sexy part of being mayor of South Bend?

For all of us who don't know you, tell us about yourself.

Pete gives opening remarks at Politics & Eggs

Why a mayor for the nominee?

Why a midwesterner for the nominee?

Why are you running for President?

Pete introduces himself to voters at the Dublin City Pub

Are you still Mayor of South Bend?

Do you consider yourself an insider or outsider with regards to politics?

What have you done in South Bend to prevent gun violence?

What about South Bend is a "model for America's future"?

If the state of Indiana allowed it, would you support South Bend becoming a sanctuary city?

What have you learned from the fallout of your policy of demolishing abandoned homes in your city?

Pete speaks about growing up in South Bend.

Pete announces that he is running for president of the United States.

Pete explains why climate change is a security issue.

Pete talks about having hope for a new American era.

What did you learn by meeting with African American pastors during your mayoral campaign?

Can you talk about your first serious mistake as mayor with South Bend's police chief?

Have you heard the tapes recorded by the South Bend police chief who was fired?

How has your relationship with the South Bend Black community been impacted by the firing of South Bend's police chief?

Chris Wallace introduces Pete Buttigieg at Fox News Town Hall.

Do you have your own plan for the opioid crisis?

Were you sure at the time that coming out would cost you your re-election?

How will you ensure veterans can effectively transition from service to civilian life without needing government aid?

Who are you?

You seem like you were created in a lab to run for office. What's the catch?

How are you going to connect with black voters?

Chris Wallace gives a closer look at Pete's life and career at Fox News Town Hall.

What are you doing or planning to do to better reach minority voters?

What's the case you're going to prosecute against Trump?

Why does Trump's rhetoric about going back into the past work?

How do you plan to reach out to midwestern voters who voted for Trump?

How do you beat Trump in the industrial midwest?

Would you repeal the Trump tax cuts?

Was the book part of the campaign?

Is the current president the worst president we've had?

Gun to your head, Pence or Trump finishing out the term?

What is your position on Trump's national emergency for his wall and would you ever use that power to act on something like climate change?

Why leadership matters

What is your relationship with Mike Pence now?

You said you regret calling Trump a draft dodging chicken hawk. What is your current approach to dealing with Trump?

What do think about the idea that Democrats could win more votes by moderating on progressive priorities?

Were you comparing Senator Sanders to President Trump in your comments about voters who are stuck economically?

Do you think the House should pursue impeachment proceedings against President Trump?

Do you temper what you say about President Trump, the Commander-in-Cheif, because you were in the Navy Reserve?

Should President Trump be impeached?

Do you commit to hold accountable former Trump administration officials who are subsequently found to have committed crimes?

Chris Wallace introduces Pete Buttigieg at Fox News Town Hall.

Does the country need generational change among Democratic leaders?

Do you have expectations about the upcoming release of the redacted Mueller Report?

Do you think Vice President Pence would be a better or worse president than President Trump?

Do you think Congress should start impeachment proceedings against President Trump?

Do you think that you are too young to run for president?

How do you sell some of these big ideas to people who aren't as liberal?

What is your opinion about the Democratic party impeaching Trump?