Buttigieg Walks Back Remarks After Getting Pummeled by 2020 Dems for Suggesting a ‘Two-Way’ Race

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2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is walking back his comments after he seemed to claim the primary race will be a “two-way” between him and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Talking with John Heilemann on Showtime’s “The Circus,” Buttigieg made his claim that he believes it’ll come down to the two candidates.

“I think this is getting to be a two-way. It’s early to say,” Buttigieg said, adding, “I’m not saying that it is a two-way. […] A world where we’re getting somewhere is that world where it’s coming down to the two of us.”

See his comments below:

The 2020 hopeful later walked back his comments, as he told reporters late Saturday that he doesn’t “remember the exact context” and that he believes his comments didn’t “[come] out right.”

He added, “Look, the bottom line is this is a really strong competition among really strong campaigns.”

Buttigieg’s comments sparked criticism, as his 2020 contenders weren’t thrilled over it.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was among those who responded to Buttigieg, as she called it “naive.”

“I think that’s naive for him to think that at this point, that the fate of this election has been determined,” Harris told CBS News, adding, “Just look at history. He might need to review past elections to know what’s happening right now is not necessarily determinative of the outcome.”

Buttigieg told a New York Times report in response to Harris: “She’s right. Look, where we are now is three months ahead of the Iowa primary, and the, or the Iowa Caucuses, and the Iowa Caucuses are just the beginning.”

Check out Harris’ response:

Additionally, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro blasted Buttigieg as he said on Saturday, “Anyone who thinks this is a two-person race doesn’t know anything about the Black and Latino communities.” Castro also suggested over the weekend that Buttigieg has a “bad track record with African Americans on the issues.”

Speaking with CNN, Buttigieg responded in calling Castro’s remarks “false.”

“Look, our city has had a lot of challenges, but the black voters that know me best have returned me to office and supported me more the second time than the first,” Buttigieg said, adding, “And I would be happy to walk him around South Bend and introduce him to folks if he’d like to learn how we’ve tackled these really tough issues.”

Asked about his remarks by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday and if it is a “two-way race,” Buttigieg responded, “Not yet.”

On Monday, Buttigieg answered to his remarks once again, as he told CNN that he’s “not going to comment on the other campaigns.”

According to an ABC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Sunday, Buttigieg currently sits in the fourth spot in the Democratic primary, followed by Harris. As for the fifth debate held on November 20 in Georgia, both Harris and Buttigieg are among the nine candidates that have qualified so far.

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Screwtape
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In other news, not covered by IJR, Comrade Bernie has announced he would impose a “quid pro quo” on Israel to force what he considers “better” treatment of Palestinians.

Umm….isn’t the whole “alleged” quid pro quo what the Dims are using against Trump in the impeachment charade? Now Commie-but-not-in-name Elmer J. Sanders (he owns three mansion but no yacht) is publicly announcing his intent to do EXACTLY the same thing.

Hmmm…I wonder if a single Dim, even the Jewish ones, will call him on this. Nope.

Tom Bodine
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A two way gets Pete Buttplug excited ?

Screwtape
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It’s okay Pete. Premature ejaculation, err, ambition happens. Unlike your nomination chances. The truly weird part is how Lyin’ Liz excites you, given your orientation. Hmm….thinking objectively you may have a point.

John
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why does he think he’d be one of the two? Guess he forgot how at one time Beto O’Rourke was thought to be the one.

Craig
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I think the Republicans should be surreptitiously getting money to Harris, Spartacus and Bernie to keep them in the race. Why? because they are Senators and if it comes to an impeachment vote, the Repubs could call on them to recuse themselves for conflict of interest. Let hypocrisy play itself out in prime time. Although hypocrisy means nothing to leftists, it does to ordinary Americans.

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