Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that he does not think Hillary Clinton should accuse his rival 2020, Tulsi Gabbard, of being supported by Russia and cared for & # 39; to make a run from a third party.
When Chuck Todd from NBC South Bend, Mayor of Indiana, asked if he was comfortable with Clinton's weight, he said: & # 39; No, I am not. & # 39;
& # 39; I'm not going to be in the middle of it either, because we have to focus on the future as a country and as a party, & # 39; Buttigieg continued, urging him not to get involved in the dispute between the failed 2016 Democratic candidate and Gabbard.
In a podcast published last week, Clinton struck a hit on Gabbard and claimed that Russia was again trying to influence the US presidential election.
Democratic 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg says he is uncomfortable with Hillary Clinton who blames his rival for being cared for & # 39; by Russia to pursue a third-party candidacy
Gabbard and Buttigieg both actively fought – and Gabbard had to defend itself against claims that they were a & # 39; Russian asset & # 39; and & # 39; Assad Apologist & # 39; is during Tuesday's debate
& # 39; I don't make predictions, but I think they are watching someone who is currently in the Democratic primary and taking care of her as a third candidate, & # 39; Clinton said in an interview with former Obama campaign leader David Plouffe. & # 39; She is the favorite of the Russians. & # 39;
& # 39; They have a lot of sites and bots and other ways to support her so far, & # 39; Clinton added.
Clinton, 71, did not mention Gabbard, 38, by name during the podcast, but her spokesperson confirmed that she was referring to the Hawaii representative.
& # 39; If the nest puppet fits, & # 39; Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said to reporters when asked if the former state secretary spoke about Gabbard in her interview.
If Gabbard made a third-party bid in 2020, she could take votes away from the Democrats, paving the way for another victory by Donald Trump – but Gabbard has claimed she is not interested in a third-party candidacy.
& # 39; I will not & # 39; make a bid from a third party, she told CNN in August. & # 39; No, I excluded that. & # 39;
Gabbard, who over the past few weeks has been a & # 39; Russian asset & # 39; was accused, shot back on Twitter on Friday at Clinton and in an interview with Tucker Carlson from Fox News.
& # 39; The reason she does this is because she eventually knows she can't control me, & # 39; Gabbard, who was on the campaign path in Iowa, Carlson.
& # 39; I'm against everything she represents and she knows that … if I'm the Democratic candidate and elected president, she won't be able to control me, she won't be able to manipulate me, & # 39; she said.
The active officer of the National Guard defended Tuesday during the debate stage against reports that she was a & # 39; Russian asset & # 39; and that she is an & # 39; apologist & # 39; is from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
& # 39; I don't make predictions, but I think they are watching someone who is currently in the Democratic primary and taking care of her as a third candidate, & # 39; Clinton said about Gabbard in a podcast interview
Gabbard traveled to Syria in January 2017 and met his dictator Bashar al-Assad. No photos of their meeting have been made public.
Gabbard was one of the 12 candidates who qualified for the October debates in Westerville, Ohio and she has approximately 1.2 percent support from likely democratic voters of the 20 candidates for the party's nomination.
Shye took the stage last week in the fight against the media.
& # 39; Just two days ago, the New York Times published an article stating that I am a Russian acquisition and an Assad apologist and all these different smears, & # 39; she said during the fourth debate in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio Tuesday.
& # 39; This morning a CNN commentator on national television said that I am an asset to Russia. & # 39;
& # 39; Absolutely despicable, & # 39; she said about the comments and then promised: & # 39; As president, I will end these wars for regime change. & # 39;
During the debates, she also made clear her opposition to the foreign involvement of American troops.
Gabbard was deployed in Iraq for a 12-month tour in 2014 and as part of her ongoing duties as Army National Guardswoman, she took a few weeks off the campaign track when she applied for active duty in a two-week joint exercise in Indonesia.
Buttigieg, a fellow veteran, took on Gabbard for her military position during Tuesday's debate.
& # 39; Well, respectful, congressman, I think that's all wrong. The slaughter in Syria is not a consequence of the American presence, it is a consequence of a withdrawal and betrayal by this president of American allies and American values, he said.
Buttigieg, who, like Gabbard, was deployed overseas as part of the army, said it was wrong to & # 39; leave the international scene & # 39; or & # 39; to think that our only choices are between endless war and total isolation & # 39 ;.
He said that many American troops are ashamed of what their country has done & # 39; by leaving Kurdish allies who served as ground forces to take up ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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