Politics Kamala and Pete Buttigieg to appear TOGETHER in North Carolina
Secretary Pete careening toward a GOP buzzsaw over infrastructure cash
"A lot of people will be looking for problems with how this money is spent," one Democratic strategist warned.His agency’s newly filled coffers will give Buttigieg the chance to blitz the airwaves and crisscross the country handing out money for bridges and roads, further adding to his already robust media presence. But such huge dollar signs also mean Buttigieg will face aggressive oversight for how the Department of Transportation spends the funds, and any hint of waste or abuse — even outside his direct control — could endanger his prospects in a potential presidential run.
Vice Presidentwill join Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg on a visit Charlotte, this week – in a joint effort to pitch the infrastructure law following reports of intrigue surrounding the 2024 presidential ticket.
The event will put both former presidential candidates on the same stage in support of the $1.2 trillion program President Biden signed into law earlier this month. The event follows reports of frustration with Harris inside the– and Buttigieg's own denial that he is thinking about running in 2024, amid Biden's sagging approval ratings.
Buttigieg tamps down narrative that there's a rivalry with Harris: 'We're too busy with a job to do'
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday tried to tamp down the idea that he and Vice President Kamala Harris are starting to quietly compete to be the future standard-bearer of the Democratic Party, saying their focuses are on their roles in the nearly year-old Biden administration. © Getty Images The comments from Buttigieg, who competed against Harris -- and Joe Biden -- for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination come after CNN and other outlets detailed how allies of the vice president saw Buttigieg as unfairly boosted by the West Wing as she was repeatedly sidelined.
'I'd say the other thing that I'm really enjoying about this job, although it's very demanding and obviously requiring a lot, is that this is the least I have had to think about campaigns and elections in about a decade and that's a very good thing,' he toldin an interview published last week.
That came amid a Politico / Morning Consult poll showing the Transportation Department secretary with a higher favorability rating than both Biden and Harris – whom he led by 12 points.
'On Thursday, December 2, Vice President Harris will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will upgrade our nation’s infrastructure and create good-paying union jobs in North Carolina,' according to the White House. 'She will be accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Congresswoman Alma Adams,' said a brief statement, promising 'additional details.'
Pete Buttigieg: Reports haven't affect my relationship with VP Harris
'There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games and I'm proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team,' Buttigieg told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.'She and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn't focus on what's obsessing the commentators,' the Transportation secretary told NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. 'We're too busy with a job to do.
Buttigieg denied any kind of a feud with Harris in a Sunday appearance on 'Meet the Press' on NBC.
'She and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn't focus on what's obsessing the commentators,' he said. 'We're too busy with a job to do.'
'There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games and I'm proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team,' Buttigieg added.
But Buttigieg's name has come up among White House aides when talk has turned to 2028 or even 2024, according to the Politico report that stoked the round of speculation.
'Nobody in the West Wing shuts that down. It's very open,' said a person with knowledge of the situation.
The Harris visit to the swing state is the latest signal of the White House focus on North Carolina. The president and first lady Jill Biden were there for a pre-Thanksgiving visit to Fort Bragg.
Pete Buttigieg rejects notion of rivalry or tension with Kamala Harris: 'There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games'
"We have been assigned by the president to take on — literally — projects and legislation of generational significance," Buttigieg told NBC News.During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Buttigieg told host Chuck Todd that his focus, similar to the vice president, rests with the work that he's doing as a Cabinet member under President Joe Biden.
President Biden, who just turned 79, intends to run for reelection, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week.
The visit comes as Harris has been stepping up her public efforts to sell the infrastructure plan, after struggling to steer the narrative after Biden tasked her with focusing on the 'root causes' of immigration amid a migrant surge.
Areport earlier this month described Harris supporters as having to bat down rumors Biden might try to name her to the Supreme Court as a way to clear the field, while complaining privately that she faces a double standard.
Emails show how Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg talks to his staff about vaccines, pride flags, and his adopted babies .
President Biden's Transportation secretary sends his employees regular notes that offer a glimpse into what he's like as a boss.Emails that Insider just obtained give a glimpse into the communication style of the Biden Cabinet secretary who is generating buzz as a possible 2024 White House contender if his boss doesn't seek reelection.