“I deeply regret the mistake[.] When we make mistakes, we own them. It really hurts because it went viral, "he continuousby publishing Buttigieg's complete corrected observations.
Buttigieg responded to Halper's messages less than an hour later, tweet that he appreciated "this reporter's quick and honest correction of an incorrect quote from my views" from the Obama presidency.
"From medical care to the DADT repeal and the rescue of the auto industry, my appreciation of Barack Obama's great leadership comes from a very personal place," he wrote.
Buttigieg campaign senior communications consultant Lis Smith also participated in the correction on Monday, praising her boss' response.
“Pete is unfailingly gracious even to those who quote him and attack him in bad faith. That's what a president looks like, ”she tweeted.
Buttigieg broached the controversy again Monday in an interview with NBC News, referring to President Donald Trump's frequent criticisms of members of the press.
"I just appreciate that the quote has been corrected," he said. "The reality is that, despite what this president says, journalists take very seriously the obligation to ensure that everything they print is accurate, and you saw it as quickly as this correction occurred."
The openly gay mayor, who previously served in Afghanistan as a naval intelligence officer, also cited Obama's signature in 2010, which ended with "don't ask, don't tell" as one of the reasons for his support for the previous government.
"The achievements of the Obama administration have personally affected me in many ways, including the ability to openly serve, and I am an admirer of President Obama," Buttigieg said. "I also believe that this election, more than ever, is about the future."
Halper's opening quote has drawn significant attention on social media in the last hours since his story was published, with liberal Twitter users interpreting the inaccurate comment as a shocking rebuke by the latest Democratic president.
Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, who is also running for the party's nomination in 2020, seized the bid to beat Buttigieg online but withdrew his attack on Monday.
"I deleted a tweet in response to a quote from @PeteButtigieg that a reporter now acknowledges is inaccurate," he tweeted. "The reporter issued a correction and I am sorry that the original was widely circulated."
Smith on monday tweeted the transcript and the audio of the error-related inquiry, and applauded the "campaign working team that works to document and transcribe all these recordings" between the candidate and the reporters.
"For everyone who used a quote to skip @PeteButtigieg, I look forward to your corrections," she I wrote.