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Buttigieg Says Sanders Could Not Defeat Trump

Coming off of strong performances in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he believes that rival, Bernie Sanders, cannot beat Trump.

Buttigieg said it would “very difficult” for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to beat Trump in the general election. Buttigieg says Sanders’s self-adopted socialist label isn’t the only reason for his conclusion, assigning blame to the logistics of the senator’s plans to pay for his programs.


“When you look at what he’s proposing in terms of the budget and all the things he’s put forward and how to pay for them, there is a $25 trillion hole in how to pay for everything that he’s put forward,” the presidential candidate told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on earlier this week.

Buttigieg also dismissed claims that he is “in the pockets of billionaires,” a criticism shared by both Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. “That’s just wrong,” Buttigieg said. “At the end of the day, we have to make sure that we are inviting everybody we can to help defeat Donald Trump.”

Guthrie earlier raised the issue of Buttigieg’s struggle to garner black support for his campaign, citing his low approval numbers in the black community despite his efforts to win over the demographic. “It hasn’t paid any dividends,” she said. “Can you show or demonstrate any progress in that regard?”

Buttigieg replied that “voters of color” are “laser-focused on defeating this president,” crediting his electability for his recent victory in the Iowa caucuses and close second place showing in New Hampshire.

However, in November 2019, Buttigieg was polling at nearly 0% among black primary voters in South Carolina. Since then, Buttigieg has made repeated efforts to court black voters, who largely favor Biden and have given him a “firewall” in South Carolina. Biden performed dismally in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Buttigieg faced backlash for misrepresenting black support for his “Marshall Plan” while using a stock photo of a Kenyan woman to showcase the program. A Brookings Institution analysis from November surmised that if Buttigieg fails to gain greater support from black voters in South Carolina, it would hurt his chances on a national scale.

Attacks from the Left
10 Comments on this post.
  • Joe
    15 February 2020 at 2:55 am
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    He’s right. But neither could he….

    • gary h byrd
      15 February 2020 at 5:46 pm
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      you are right there not the 1st communist democrats running can beat trump

  • Gerald Ladd
    15 February 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    The fudge packer can’t either. One was enough.

  • JC
    15 February 2020 at 5:02 pm
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    Buttagig can’t win either! There are no viable Democratic candidates. They do not have any good plans and none will stand behind any promises like their competition has!

  • William Merrell
    15 February 2020 at 5:04 pm
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    In reality, shouldn’t he be running for first lady? His “husband” should be president?

  • Buddy H
    15 February 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    I believe Butt-gig is right but not for the same reason. I believe that in the very first debate Bernie has with President Trump that Trump will beat Bernie so soundly that he will have a heart attack right there on stage. Bernie is a fumbling old fool whose only strategy is to say anything for a vote with no way to back it up. Trump, with his razor like wit will rip Bernie to shreds.

  • Laura Wagner
    15 February 2020 at 5:39 pm
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    Buttigieg doesn’t have the experience to handle the job of president. He has only been a mayor and a fairly unpopular one at that. While Sanders has been in the house and senate, he (as Killary has said) is unpopular among the other reps and senators. The dems cheated him out of the nomination in 2016 and will do that again this year. Bernie Bros will then riot.

  • Helen Mcnally
    15 February 2020 at 6:03 pm
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    Go away Buttigieg…
    Grow up and be a real man..then.maybe
    You will have a chance….

  • David J
    15 February 2020 at 9:16 pm
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    Neither could Pete. But have Bernie Sanders pick Tulsi Gabbard, and it would be a whole new Ball Game

  • david
    15 February 2020 at 11:28 pm
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    Neither can [in the buttjig]

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