Buttigieg: I Would Not Have Wanted My Son On Ukraine Board

Dec 29, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Indianola, Iowa.
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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg tells The Associated Press that he "would not have wanted to see" his son serve on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company while he was leading anti-corruption efforts in the country.

His remarks on Monday were a veiled criticism of the controversy that has ensnared his rival for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Still, he says that Republican efforts, led by President Donald Trump, to investigate the Bidens are simply a diversionary tactic. Biden campaign aides reached on Monday declined to comment on Buttigieg's remarks. 


Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is calling former Vice President Joe Biden's vote to authorize the Iraq War part of the nation's "worst foreign policy decision" of Buttigieg's lifetime.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was responding to a question about how his foreign policy experience measures up to others' in the Democratic race, specifically Biden. 

Buttigieg says the vote is an example of why years in Washington is not always the same thing as judgment. Buttigieg made the remarks Sunday while taping the program "Iowa Press" on Iowa Public Television.