Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and artist Lizzo were in the CBS This Morning green room together, so co-host Gayle King asked Mayor Pete, “Have you had any DNA tests lately?”
“Have you had any DNA tests lately?” King asked Buttigieg, referencing a line from Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts.”
“Yes, and I am 100% that nominee to lead the way into the future,” he said to laughter from the room.
Lizzo almost cut off the South Bend mayor, expecting him to repeat the actual line in her song, which is: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b****.”
King also asked both Buttigieg and Lizzo, who was named Entertainer of the Year by Time Magazine, to describe themselves in three words. “Standing near Lizzo, right now,” Buttigieg said.
“Glamorous, talented and booty-ful,” Lizzo said.
Thursday is the final day for Democratic presidential candidates to qualify for the next debate, which is one week from today in Los Angeles. So far only seven candidates have done so, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is surging in recent polling. In Iowa, he’s in a tight race with the top candidates, and a poll in New Hampshire has him leading.
CBS News reports, “While new polls have Buttigieg leading the field in New Hampshire and with the top candidates in Iowa, he has polled low among black voters. The candidate said he’s found that a lot of voters, particularly African Americans, sometimes feel “taken for granted by the Democratic Party.”
“When you show up and you’re new on the scene, as opposed to having had years or even decades in Washington, you got a lot more work to do to earn that trust,” Buttigieg said. “When you talk in particular to African American women, who have been the backbone of the party in so many ways … there’s a lot of skepticism of the new person showing up.”
Asked how he plans to increase his support in that voter block, he said he would point to things he has done in South Bend that could be done on the national level to improve people’s lives.
“For example, we’ve got a lot of challenges around housing right now as a country,” he said. “In South Bend, I directed resources to low-income and mainly minority neighborhoods to improve the quality of life there. When we look at the national picture for African Americans, we see a wealth gap and an income gap. We need economic empowerment. At home, we worked to make sure that we reduced unemployment, reduced poverty, and had a lot of show for it.”
He said that when he talks to voters, they “want to know what’s in your heart.”
“So the biggest thing I have to convey is how my makeup, my being, my faith teaches me my responsibility to make sure that I’m lifting up those who have so often been excluded in our society and our politics,” he said.