•   
  •   
  •   
W

Politics In Iowa, Biden confronts a growing threat: Pete Buttigieg

15:51  02 november  2019
15:51  02 november  2019 Source:   politico.com

Pete Buttigieg drives for the middle ground between Biden and Warren

  Pete Buttigieg drives for the middle ground between Biden and Warren The South Bend, Ind., mayor has doffed his generational and liberal presidential pitch in favor of presenting himself as a compromise.More than 700 people turned out — and stood for hours in occasional drizzle and frigid temperatures to hear Buttigieg speak from a small stage on Roosevelt High School’s front lawn.

DES MOINES — Joe Biden dropped to fourth place in Iowa, according to a new poll released Friday, his worst showing to date in the pivotal early state.

Joe Biden standing on a stage: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.© Joshua Lott/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

A few hours later, at the largest gathering to date for any 2020 event, it was clear why.

While Biden delivered a solid performance on stage before a crowd of 13,500 Democrats at the state party’s Liberty & Justice dinner, he was overshadowed and outshined by the candidate who just passed him in the polls — Pete Buttigieg.

Young voters helped push Democrats to victory in 2018. Can they swing the 2020 vote?

  Young voters helped push Democrats to victory in 2018. Can they swing the 2020 vote? One year out from the 2020 presidential election, Democrats are working to energize one of their biggest strengths — young voters.But in between classes at the University of New Hampshire Wednesday, the two freshmen made their way to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren speak on campus. Both said they've donated $5 to Warren's presidential campaign, although only Mulry has fully committed to backing the Massachusetts Democrat in the primary. Both plan to get more active ahead of voting.

At the massive state party event known for its catalytic effect on campaigns — it’s widely remembered as a turning point for Barack Obama’s Iowa fortunes in 2007 — Buttigieg captured the audience’s imagination, articulating a case for generational change.

A guide to the Democratic contenders who want to face Trump

“I didn’t just come here to end the era of Donald Trump,” Buttigieg said to a roaring crowd of supporters. “I’m here to launch the era that must come next.”

The South Bend, Ind., mayor’s speech offered an insight into his recent surge here, and why he is threatening to eclipse the former vice president in a state where Biden has been steadily losing ground since summer.

Ann Selzer, who heads the respected Iowa Poll, said her most recent poll showed 75 percent of those surveyed wanted a nominee who could inspire new voters to show up.

Pete Buttigieg Says He Does Not Respect Donald Trump: 'At a Deeper Level I Don't Think He Respects Himself'

  Pete Buttigieg Says He Does Not Respect Donald Trump: 'At a Deeper Level I Don't Think He Respects Himself' Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg went on the offensive against President Donald Trump, saying that Trump has done nothing to command his respect.Guesting on Cuomo Prime Time, Buttigieg was asked by host Chris Cromo if he respected President Trump.

“Something I think is rather telling is those who want someone who represents a new generation of leadership,” Selzer said, noting that 57 percent of potential caucus-goers wanted new leadership versus 28 percent who wanted someone who had a long history of serving in government. “Who is that if it’s not Joe Biden?”

According to the New York Times/Siena College poll that placed Biden in fourth place in Iowa, the former vice president was showing little appeal among younger voters — only 2 percent of those under 45 years old said they planned to caucus for him.

Peter Buttigieg et al. standing in front of a cake: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.© Scott Olson/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Buttigieg, by contrast, has muscled his way into contention in the first-in-the-nation caucus state by steadily building crowds and rapidly expanding his presence in the state. In the last month alone, Buttigieg has doubled his staff presence while opening 20 offices across Iowa.

The Many Ways That Joe Biden Trips Over His Own Tongue

  The Many Ways That Joe Biden Trips Over His Own Tongue Joseph R. Biden Jr. was making an impassioned case for protecting undocumented immigrants one recent Sunday when he abruptly stopped himself. “There’s many more things, but —” he said before trailing off. Minutes later, Mr. Biden interrupted himself again. “So there’s a, there’s — my time up?” he said, echoing a line he had used when he stumbled in the first presidential debate this year. “I guess not. I guess it is.” And as“There’s many more things, but —” he said before trailing off.

Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa, one of the largest left-leaning advocacy groups in the state, said Buttigieg generated considerable buzz with a recent statewide bus tour. He starts another on Saturday. But the Indiana mayor is also swamping his opponents in digital advertising, something that’s been hard to miss in Iowa.

“I cannot overstate how many Buttigieg ads I see,” said Sinovic, pointing to data showing Buttigieg’s national digital spending numbers surpassing Biden almost five-to-one. “It’s just a massive outspending right now.”

Through his spending and organizing efforts, Buttigieg has managed to reshape the top tier into a 4-way contest that also includes Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, has been forced to scale down expectations of his performance here. He has already seen Warren overtake him in the polls and is also battling the grassroots energy behind Sanders.

“You might expect that a frontrunner is going to lose some ground as other candidates become more visible,” said Selzer. “It’s not just that there’s not enough numbers to go around. It’s that he’s not wearing well. It’s the trend, it’s the decline.”

Buttigieg says there's "energy for an outsider like me" in 2020 race

  Buttigieg says there's The Democratic hopeful speaks to CBS News while campaigning in Iowa, where a recent poll placed him in third placeIn an interview with CBS News' Caitlin Huey-Burns, the 37-year-old mayor acknowledged he is an "unconventional" candidate, but "there's a lot of frustration with the Washington way of doing business.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has thrown his hat in the race for the 2020 presidential election. Here's what to know about the candidate who could notch many firsts as a potential president.

Slideshow by Tribune News Service

Biden’s campaign announced on Friday a new round of digital ad spending in Iowa. And he’s opening a new office in the state, giving him 23 overall as well as 100 staffers.

"We always knew this would be a very close race among the top candidates heading into Iowa, and that's what it is. But we're ready for it,“ said T.J. Ducklo, spokesman for the Biden campaign. “Donald Trump knows it too, which is why he and his allies continue to pour money into Iowa to stop Joe Biden."

For her part, Warren, who had perhaps the largest display of support in the Wells Fargo Arena, seemed to take a swipe at Biden, with whom she had tangled earlier Friday after he criticized her plans to fund Medicare for All.

“If the most we can promise is business as usual after Donald Trump then Democrats will lose,” Warren said. “Fear and complacency does not win elections. Hope and courage wins elections.”

The sniping between Warren and Biden came at the tail end of an eventful week in the primary where several campaigns appeared to be on life support and placed all their chips on Iowa.

Kamala Harris announced she’s slashing staff and redeploying resources here. Cory Booker is barely hanging on after making a desperate plea for cash in September. And on Friday, across from the arena where Democrats gathered for the Liberty & Justice gala, Beto O’Rourke announced his departure from the race.

Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and ex-Department of Agriculture secretary, shrugged off Warren and Buttigieg’s rising poll numbers in the state, saying neither have truly been tested just yet.

“She hasn’t had a worst day yet — none of these campaigns have except for Vice President Biden,” said Vilsack, who served with Biden in the Obama administration and hosted a house party for him in July. “And the thing about Biden is he’s still standing. The question is will the rest of them still be standing after they’ve taken a punch? We’ll see.”

2-point attempt fails, Oklahoma escapes with win over Iowa State .
No. 9 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 42-41 on Saturday night. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell went for the victory on the two-point try after Charlie Kolar caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to pull the Cyclones — down 42-21 in the second half — within one.BOX SCORE: OKLAHOMA 42, IOWA STATE 41RELATED: Lamb's highlight-reel touchdownJalen Hurts passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 68 yards and two more scores for the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP).

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!