BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Democratic candidate for President Pete Buttigieg was caught off guard by singing protesters at a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. on Friday night.
While talking about his stance on climate change, Buttigieg was confronted by a more than a dozen demonstrators at the front of the stage, holding signs that read "Pete Takes Money From Fossil Fuel Billionaires."
Buttigieg paused his speech to address the posters, saying "I see some inaccurate information going on here, so let's dispatch with that real quick. I've taken the fossil fuel pledge, and I am determined to bring about solutions on climate change."
The pledge referred to by the Indiana Democrat states “I pledge not to take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”
The group of protesters reacted by serenading Buttigieg, singing "We are fighting for our future, something strong."
Buttigieg responded "I can't make out your song, but we definitely want the same things.... Will we turn on each other, or will we unite to tackle the issues we face as a country?"
Buttigieg began facing questions over how his campaign was financed late last year, after Senator Elizabeth Warren called for him to publicize his fundraisers, and disclose his former clients while he worked for consulting firm McKinsey.
Despite his conceding to both demands, the debate surrounding who donates to Buttigieg, and who gets his time, was raised again during the Democratic Party's December debate. There, Warren again faced off with Buttigieg over a fundraiser he hosted at a so-called "wine cave" in Napa Valley. That event was reportedly attended by fossil fuel industry investors.
Alison Frisella, one of the activists who tweeted that she took part in the protest at Buttigieg's event in New Hampshire, says she was a summer fellow for Warren's campaign in New Hampshire. Frisella notes that she was not there "on behalf of Team Warren."