Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg Biden says Buttigieg is ‘not a Barack Obama’ on NH campaign trail Iowa Democratic Party reviewing results from 95 precincts following caucuses Bloomberg meets with Democratic governors MORE responded on Sunday to an attack ad from fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe Biden Biden says Buttigieg is ‘not a Barack Obama’ on NH campaign trail Bloomberg meets with Democratic governors Mayors come to Buttigieg’s defense over Biden ad MORE comparing the former vice president’s record to Buttigieg’s, saying neither he nor Biden were comparable to former President Obama.
Asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows preview: Top tier 2020 Democrats make their case before New Hampshire primary 2020 Democratic hopefuls focus on Iowa while making final pitches Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Iowa caucuses MORE to respond to the Biden campaign’s comment that Buttigieg was “no Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Biden says Buttigieg is ‘not a Barack Obama’ on NH campaign trail Biden rips into Buttigieg over experience in new ad The betrayal of Democratic voters: Many ‘liberals’ need Trump to win MORE,” the former South Bend, Ind. mayor responded: “Well, he’s right, I’m not, and neither is he, neither is any of us,” adding “this isn’t 2008, this is 2020.”
Buttigieg also responded to the ad’s shots at Buttigieg’s work as mayor compared to Biden’s role in federal initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act.
“This is about how we’re going to turn the page and deliver a better future in the country but also say there are so many communities—cities like mine in the industrial Midwest—rural areas and even neighborhoods in our biggest cities that are tired of being treated like a punchline,” Buttigieg told Wallace.
Biden, who largely avoided attacks on other Democratic candidates in the early stages of the campaign, released the ad after Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Biden says Buttigieg is ‘not a Barack Obama’ on NH campaign trail Democrats make final pitch at rowdy NH political spectacle Iowa Democratic Party reviewing results from 95 precincts following caucuses MORE‘s (I-Vt.) neck-and-neck finish in the Iowa caucuses, where Biden placed fourth.
Wallace on Sunday also pressed Buttigieg on a moment during Friday’s Democratic debate in which he was confronted on racial disparities in policing in South Bend. Buttigieg was widely criticized by criminal justice reform advocates for discussing gang activity in his answer on Friday, and told Wallace that he was attempting to make a larger point that the disparities in South Bend were below the national average.
“The disparity is real, it’s a problem, and that’s part of the reason I’m proposing that we legalize marijuana outright and when we do, we have a process of expungement and looking back to the harm that drug policy have caused,” Buttigieg said.
“We need reform, no one mayor is going to be able to resolve it, this is a national process.”