During the second half of the debate, CNN hack Don Lemon asked Buttigieg what his campaign's plan is to retrain American workers who have been displaced by automation and globalization. Buttigieg acknowledged manufacturing jobs would continue to go away in the future economy and suggested some of these workers would need to be retrained.
He then went into the minimum wage, saying “we have to respond to all of these changes. And, you know, in addition to confronting tech, in addition to supporting workers by double unionization, as I propose to do, some of this is low-tech, too, like the minimum wage is just too low. And so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage, when scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker.”