Mitchell Praises 'Less Threatening' Buttigieg's 'Smart' Decision to 'Take on Mike Pence'

NewsBusters | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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The panel on Andrea Mitchell Reports Monday responded to Pete Buttigieg’s official entry into the presidential race with mostly favorable coverage. Host Andrea Mitchell praised his “pretty smart” decision to go after Vice President Mike Pence while wondering if Buttigieg was “less threatening” than a female candidate.

The segment began with a video clip of Buttigieg’s announcement speech. Mitchell asked NBC News Political Reporter Josh Letterman, who was present at the kickoff, “what was the magic…in the space?” Without using the word “magic,” Letterman answered Mitchell’s question by mentioning there was “quite a lot of enthusiasm” and highlighted that “thousands of people packed into a converted old car plant with rain coming through the ceiling, people getting soaked for hours but not really caring, very revved up for someone that they say they see as a viable political candidate.”

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Mitchell proceeded to read aloud an article written by Olivia Nuzzi for New York Magazine, which described Buttigieg as a “wonder boy” who has “something for everyone.” Nuzzi compared Buttigieg to Alex P. Keaton, the protagonist on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, and highlighted his Christian faith while mentioning that “he’s not weird about it.” This was apparently an effort to contrast Buttigieg with those “right-wing extremists,” who are “weird” about their faith.

After former Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley described Buttigieg as “catchy,” Mitchell argued that “it was pretty smart of him to take on Mike Pence as a way of going after Donald Trump and going after the evangelicals and saying...if you don’t like me, speak to my creator.” Former Congressman David Jolly joined the love fest, describing the Buttigieg candidacy as “exciting” and transformational, adding that “he can talk so comfortably about his faith and talk about red state issues.”

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Mitchell went on to complain that “there are a number of women...
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