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Pete Buttigieg clarifies views on the Obama administration after criticism for a viral misquote

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Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, and 2020 presidential candidate, sought to clarify his views on the administration of former President Barack Obama Monday after facing criticism for a since-corrected report in which he appeared to refer to the “failures” of that administration.

On Twitter, Buttigieg said that his “appreciation of the great leadership of Barack Obama comes from a very personal place.”

The original article, published by the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, included a Buttigieg quote that seemed to blame Obama for the election of President Donald Trump.

It was corrected on Monday with the accurate quote: “…I think the failures of the old normal help explain how we got Trump.”

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On Twitter, the reporter who wrote the article said the mistake happened because the comment by Buttigieg happened with a noisy background, causing the reporter to mishear the recording while transcribing at a rally.

“I deeply regret the mistake When we make errors we own them. This one really hurts because it went viral,” journalist Evan Halper said.

Buttigieg said he appreciates the reporter’s “swift and honest correction.”

The misquote was shared widely on social media and was picked up by multiple media outlets because of its newsworthiness; most 2020 Democratic candidates have taken to praising Obama.

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