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Buttigieg surprised by his rapid rise in presidential race

NOW: Buttigieg surprised by his rapid rise in presidential race

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg admitted in an interview on CNN that even he is surprised by his rapid rise in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

He says going from complete unknown to the top tier of Democratic contenders over the past two months wasn't expected.

Not this quickly. You know we were kind of patiently building an organization and suddenly it popped and you know you only get to kind of arrive on the scene once and so we've got to make the most and we have I think made the most of that moment to build something lasting," said Buttigieg.

Buttigieg also vowed to "do better" at building more support among African American voters across the country.

He also said he is pushing for what he calls 'Democratic capitalism.

He says while capitalism has let a lot of people down, he believes rule of law and fairness are actually what it takes for markets to work.'

"Well I think the reason we're having this argument over socialism and capitalism is that capitalism has let a lot of people down. I guess what I'm out there to say is that it doesn't have to be so. I believe in democratic capitalism but the democratic part is extremely important,' Buttigieg said.

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