(CNSNews.com) - Asked how he would convince voters to choose him over Democrat Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg emphasized his "progressive" credentials on Sunday.
"Well, if we're talking about a voter interested in progressive change, my message is that I would be the most progressive president we've had in a half century," Buttigieg told ABC's "This Week."
But also, that I'm putting together the governing coalition to get it done, that I am calling everyone into a sense of belonging that will unite Democrats who had been at our side all along, but also quite a few independents and even some Republicans who aren't going to agree with me on everything, but know that we need a different president.
That's how we're going to win. That's how we're going to govern," Buttigieg said. "And in a moment when our country is frighteningly polarized and divided, we're going to need some healing, not at the expense of our values, but in the name of our values.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked him, "Do you believe that the Democrats can defeat Donald Trump if they have to defend socialism?"
"I think it will be lot harder," Buttigieg said:
But the bigger concern that I have is further dividing the country. You know, when the campaign says that either you're for a revolution or you must be for the status quo -- most of us don't see where we fit in that picture.
And the irony is, at this moment, we actually have a historic American majority, not just the line around what we're against, we need to get rid of Donald Trump, but what we're for. Most Americans want higher wages, want corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share, want universal health care, action on prescription drugs, action on climate change, gun violence.
We have a historic majority that we're going to need not just in order to win, but in order to govern. Let's hold together and not blow up that American majority.