As the primary season of the 2020 election plays out, Democrat candidates are eager to win. A part of winning means taking out the competition, something which 2020 contenders are all too happy to do. The greater threat a candidate poses, the likelier they are to have targets on their back. This, in part, is why frontrunner Joe Biden is facing such immense criticism from his 2020 rivals.
During a Thursday town hall in Iowa, ex-South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg stated that the former vice president is the “biggest risk” to a 2020 Democrat victory. Additional updates from Breitbart News confirm that Buttigieg targeted Biden’s record in politics, branding it as a liability and not an asset.
The former South Bend mayor also didn’t hesitate to rip into Bernie Sanders and Sanders’ penchant for all-or-nothing politics.
Why Buttigieg Views Biden and Sanders as 2020 Liabilities
With days left before the Iowa caucuses, Buttigieg made no bones about sharing his true outlook on Joe Biden. The former mayor pushed back against Biden’s previous assertions that nominating a “newer” candidate is dangerous. On Thursday, Buttigieg adopted the inverse position, stating that Biden’s “recycled arguments” and “Washington playbook” politics will engender four more years of President Trump.
Once Buttigieg finished with Biden, he quickly turned to Sanders. Hitting the socialist senator for “a kind of politics” that states “go all the way here and nothing else counts,” Buttigieg professed that Sanders’ rhetoric will alienate moderate voters this year.
The former South Bend mayor’s censure of Sanders mirrors his previous statements about Elizabeth Warren. On multiple occasions, Buttigieg has accused Warren of “purity tests” that she herself can’t live up to. Moreover, he’s challenged the Massachusetts senator about her lies regarding Medicare-for-All.
More to Come?
Americans should expect Democrat candidates to continue attacking one another in the days and weeks to come. Each contender is eager to make their best case to voters and time is running out. The results of Iowa caucuses will significantly impact whether or not certain candidates stand a chance of winning their party’s nomination.
At this time, neither Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders have directly responded to the criticism from the former South Bend mayor. That may or may not change in the days to come.
What do you make of Pete Buttigieg’s assessment of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders? Is Biden simply a rehash of “Washington playbook” politics? Would Sanders alienate moderate voters in a general election? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!