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Buttigieg fires back after AOC's fundraising dig, blasts far-left 'purity tests'


Added 10-20-19 01:29:01pm EST - “South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigeg responded Sunday, after? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took issue with the 2020 Democratic hopeful's approach to fundraising.” - Foxnews.com

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded Sunday after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took issue with the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful's approach to fundraising.

The far-left congresswoman accused Buttigieg of protecting a system of "big money politics" instead of trying to make it a thing of the past, touting the merits of "small-dollar grassroots campaigns," which she said were more successful than his. Buttigieg said he's quite familiar with grassroots campaigning, but said it will take more than that for Democrats to succeed in 2020.

“Well, first of all, you don’t go from mayor of South Bend to a competitive presidential candidate without knowing a thing or two about grassroots campaigning," Buttigieg told "Fox News Sunday" in response to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet, posted last week. "My campaign is fueled by the contributions of almost 600,000 individual donors and most of those are small contributions."

Ocasio-Cortez posted her remark while retweeting a quote from Buttigeg that criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to stay away from large donations. Buttigieg had said, "We're not going to beat Trump with pocket change." Ocasio-Cortez described that comment as insulting to small donors, but Buttigieg explained his stance on Sunday.

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