Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigeig is in talks with Fox News about appearing in a town hall event on the network, a campaign spokesperson told The Hill on Tuesday.

The spokesperson, speaking a day after Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they’d support ‘Medicare for All’ Sanders defends against criticism over income, taxes Sanders on whether he’s too old to be president: ‘Follow me around the campaign trail’ MORE (I-Vt.) appeared on a Fox town hall, told The Hill that “reaching out to the Fox audience is something we intend to do.”

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has been surging in the Democratic contest. He raised more money in the first fundraising quarter than Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they’d support ‘Medicare for All’ Sanders defends against criticism over income, taxes Overnight Energy: Interior watchdog opens investigation into new secretary | Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands | Justices reject case challenging state nuclear subsidies | Court orders EPA to re-evaluate Obama pollution rule MORE (D-Mass.) and placed third in one recent poll.

Sanders, 77, appeared in a Fox News town hall on Monday night, which was moderated by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

The self-described Democratic socialist is the first Democratic candidate to do a town hall on Fox News during this campaign season. He also participated in a Fox News town hall in Feb. 2016 with eventual 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMaddow and Buttigieg discuss their coming out stories The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Washington braces for Mueller report Hillary Clinton jabs Mnuchin, IRS chief on Tax Day over Trump returns MORE, who appeared separately. 

The decision by Sanders to appear on the network came more than a month after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE announced that Fox would be barred from hosting any of the party’s primary debates. He cited a story published in The New Yorker that claimed the network had extensive ties with the Trump administration.

Buttigeig, 37, is the only 2020 candidate to appear on Fox News Sunday in 2019.

Buttigeig, an Afghan war veteran, Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, has earned praise from the left and right for his interview performances while being increasingly lauded as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination after being unknown nationally just two months ago. 

An Emerson College poll released Monday showed Sanders at 29 percent among Democratic voters, with Biden second at 24 percent and Buttigieg third with 9 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they’d support ‘Medicare for All’ Dems, Trump harden 2020 battle lines on Tax Day O’Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns MORE (Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeDems, Trump harden 2020 battle lines on Tax Day O’Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns MORE (Texas) each received 8 percent support in the poll. 

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment. 

 

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