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Biden Follows Debate Attacks With Ad Mocking Buttigieg

Former mayor agrees he's no Obama in answering former vice president
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2020 11:30 AM CST
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Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden greet each other, with Bernie Sanders in the middle, before their debate Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Pete Buttigieg took his share of shots from his Democratic presidential rivals in their debate Friday night, and that wasn't the end of it. A new online campaign ad for Joe Biden mockingly contrasts his experience in working to pass the Affordable Care Act and cut the Iran nuclear deal with the former mayor's Buttigieg's accomplishment in adding decorative brick to the sidewalks of South Bend, Indiana. "We're electing a president," NBC reports the 90-second ad says. "What you've done matters." Biden had continued his attacks Saturday in answering reporters' questions in his campaign office in Manchester, New Hampshire. The former vice president said Buttigieg has blamed current problems on President Barack Obama's administration. "This guy is not a Barack Obama," Biden said. "Barack Obama had been a United States senator of a really large state. Barack Obama had laid out a clear vision of what he thought the international society should look like. Barack Obama had laid out in detail what he thought should happen to the economy."

On Sunday, Buttigieg said Biden had a point in saying he's not Obama. "Well, he's right, I'm not. And neither is he," Buttigieg said in an interview on CNN. "Neither is any of us running for president." But then, he said: "This isn't 2008, it's 2020, and we are in a new moment calling for a different kind of leadership." In addition, the former mayor's supporters have called Biden's line of attack dismissive of small cities, as well. Communities outside the Beltway, Buttigieg said Sunday, per the Hill, "are frustrated with being being made into a punchline by Washington politicians." New Hampshire's primary is Tuesday. (Read more New Hampshire primary stories.)

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