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

    • Daniel
      15 February 2020 at 4:48 pm
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      None of the Dems can beat Trump

      He just keeps on winning!

    • 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.

  • Denis
    15 February 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    As the DEADLY demonic democrat party knows, the best way to cut costs is to cut people until no one is left save for the elites. So lets’s start with the FRUITLESS and LIFELESS same sexual’s like Buttigieg as Buttigieger’s won’t ever be missed.

  • Florida Bob
    15 February 2020 at 4:56 pm
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    Cant imagine a President Butt Judge and his husband

  • 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!

  • Sd jones
    15 February 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    Well, he needs to look in a mirror because he can’t beat Trump either!

    15 February 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    This country is not ready to have a gay man who is married to a man as President. If this happens, and there is a G-d, he will surely foresake the USA and we will be finished.

  • 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?

    • CIndy
      15 February 2020 at 6:02 pm
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      You are so right! First LADY; NOT 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.

  • Paul
    15 February 2020 at 5:37 pm
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    You are right neither could he! The USA has not gotten far enough along to vote im a GAY president! I can’t even picture MR & MR Buttegieg dancing at the Innaugural ball, No not in 2020 !

  • 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.

  • Paul
    15 February 2020 at 5:41 pm
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    You are right neither could he! The USA has not gotten far enough along to vote in a GAY president! I can’t even picture MR & MR Buttegieg dancing at the Innaugural ball, No not in 2020 !

  • Helen
    15 February 2020 at 5:50 pm
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    We are not ready for a gay president
    #1. …#2 Buttegieg is a liar..
    He never was o
    In combat..he had
    A desk job for 7 months…
    #3 no matter how smart he thinks he is…he was only a mayor for a
    Small town…hasn’t got enough
    Experience at 37 to be president.
    He has to grow up.

  • 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]

  • Gary Edwards
    16 February 2020 at 3:19 am
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    At the moment no Democrat can defeat Trump. Why? Because the older more conservative members of the party simply won’t vote for anyone if an ultra liberal candidate is picked. And the opposite is true, if one of the conservative members are chosen (whoever they might be)

  • Thomas floyd
    16 February 2020 at 3:19 pm
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    And it is unlikely that Buttigieg could either.

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