Buttigieg releases ad in Iowa amid rise in polls
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s campaign on Tuesday released a TV ad in Iowa highlighting national unity as he rises in state and national polls.
The ad, which is Buttigieg’s sixth in the state, includes excerpts from his speech at last week’s Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines.
“The point is what lies on the other side of the fight,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor said in the speech. “The hope of an American experience defined not by exclusion but by belonging. That is what we are here to deliver.”
Buttigieg has risen from the middle of the Democratic primary’s field to fourth place, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.).
A New York Times-Siena College survey released last week showed Warren leading the field in the Hawkeye State with the support of 22 percent of respondents, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Buttigieg and Biden at 18 and 17 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, Buttigieg made gains in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday, but still trails Biden, Warren and Sanders nationally.
Buttigieg made headlines over the weekend when he suggested that the Democratic primary could turn into a two-way race between him and Warren.
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He later walked back the remarks, however, saying he did not think the comments came out right before emphasizing the strength of the other contenders in the race.