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A federal no-fly list is a potential solution to the issue of violent individuals flying to the US, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in an interview aired Sunday night on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.
In an interview with Zakaria, Buttigieg said that “the longer we wait, the more Americans are going to die,” referencing the fatal shooting in Orlando on June 12. Buttigieg was responding to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who earlier in the interview said there should be a federal list in place of the national selectee list of the US government.
“We’re doing this incredibly well,” Buttigieg said in a clip from the interview. “But we need to be prepared for anything. I think we should look at a federal no-fly list that would be on the table for anybody who wants to do us harm.”
Buttigieg reiterated that the idea of putting violent suspects on a government no-fly list, just like those on the selectee list, is “conceptually complicated.”
“There’s just a lot of regulations that go into setting up that no-fly list and I think in some ways it could be risky. If we get really lucky, that nothing happens,” Buttigieg said. “If we get really unlucky, we’re going to be doing this again and again and again.”
In the full interview, Buttigieg also spoke about the Nov. 6 election, with Zakaria asking what advice he’d give first-time voters.
Buttigieg said that he feels the electorate for this election is “the most personally relevant” the country has seen in a long time, calling it “just a very, very complicated, really tough election.”
For those who have been inspired by this year’s election, Buttigieg said they should not let their emotions rule their actions.
“This is really a moment where you have to learn how to pause, how to think, how to look at the facts and not just jump in,” Buttigieg said. “Learn how to take a step back and try to understand things a little bit better. But most importantly, most importantly, learn how to be more accountable to yourself and to be better informed so that you can make good decisions when you’re voting.”
Buttigieg also spoke about his relationship with President Obama, with whom he attended the same high school, and how it’s allowed him to develop a “good, nuanced perspective.”
“If I were a Democratic politician, I’d be really fearful of President Obama. That he’s not going to pick me,” Buttigieg said, before defending the president. “But I actually do like him. I do like his intentions. I think he’s cool and laid back, but I do like that he’s willing to call his bluff and I think he’s engaged in that and I think he’s a player in Congress.”
Buttigieg said that Obama has given him advice and advice about how to build a successful brand and what he’s trying to accomplish. “He’s just been a guy who basically is there for me and for the city and I guess that’s unusual to have somebody come up and give a young guy a really intelligent set of independent advice,” Buttigieg said.
The full interview with Buttigieg will air Sunday at 10:00pm Eastern on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español.