On NBC's Meet the Press, Buttigieg touts 'quality' of his public service

In this March 23, 2019, photo, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd about his presidential run during the Democratic monthly breakfast at the Circle of Friends Community Center in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

WASHINGTON — On Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, South Bend (Indiana) Mayor Pete Buttigieg touted the "quality" of his public service.

Days before an expected announcement that he will make a presidential run, the 37 year old brushed back concerns about his lack of experience.

“I would stack up my experience against anybody. I know it's not as traditional, I know I haven't been marinating in Washington here for a very long time and I'm not part of the same establishment. But I would argue that being a mayor of a city of any size means you have to deal with the kinds of issues that really hit Americans,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg also compared his executive and military experience to the two previous presidents, saying he would begin his presidential term with more such background than Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

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