South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged to a “top-tier” candidate in Iowa over the weekend; riding a wave of momentum following a widely-praised debate performance last week.
“Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was initially seen as a long-shot presidential contender, has surged within striking distance of former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, a Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll finds,” reports USA Today.
“Biden, long viewed as the Democratic frontrunner, is faltering in the wake of a debate performance last week that those surveyed saw as disappointing,” adds the newspaper. “The poll, taken Wednesday through Friday, put Biden at 18%, Warren at 17% and Buttigieg at 13% among 500 likely Democratic caucus-goers.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been hemorrhaging support in recent months following a series of lackluster debate performances and gaffes on the campaign trail.
“We have to focus on why it’s so important that we remove this man from office… On the seventeenth, the fact that George Washington worried on the first time he spoke,” said Biden during the last presidential debate in Ohio.
“I’m the only one that, got, made sure we could not have a magazine with more than ten rounds in them,” he claimed.
“What’s happening in Iraq, excuse me, Afghanistan,” Biden corrected.
Read the full poll at USA Today.