WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- While Trump speculated which Democratic presidential candidate would he end up running against, he acknowledged South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg for the first time as a potential contender.
- Initially a relative unknown, Buttigieg attracted large crowds during the campaign and ranked high during polls getting ahead of known candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
- The mayor also has spoken out against the president accusing him of using “white guy politics” to cause divisions among Americans.
In his first public acknowledgment of “the mayor from Indiana”, President Trump speculated that he may end up running against Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg aside from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think I’d like running against him, too. But it’ll be interesting to see it unfold,” said Trump of Buttigieg during Wednesday’s interview with David Webb on SiriusXM.
The 37-year-old South Bend mayor who formally launched his candidacy on Sunday and has moved forward in recent polling has initiated an exploratory committee earlier this year as a relative unknown.
Buttigieg has long since drawn strong crowds during campaign rallies and even managed to raise $7 million campaign money in the first quarter of 2019. That impressive figure beat out prominent candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Additionally, he also criticized Trump a number of times saying earlier Wednesday that the president has divided the working- and middle-class Americans by employing “white guy identity politics”.
Aside from his initial jabs at Buttigieg, Trump also told Webb about speculating that either Sanders or Biden might be the front-runners for the Democratic nomination.
“I think Sleepy Joe’s going to have a hard time. He’s, you know, 1 Percent Joe. I don’t think he’s going to make it, and I don’t, I don’t know that Bernie — it may be Bernie has the most spirit over there right now,” Trump said.
Though widely expected to join the 2020 presidential race, Biden has yet to formally announce his candidacy. For the past months, he and Sanders have both topped almost all Democratic primary polls.
Source: The HILL