(TheRedWire.com) – When former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg entered the 2020 presidential race, critics charged that he was highly inexperienced and unprepared for the presidency. Still, he won the most delegates in the Iowa caucus and finished second place in New Hampshire behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Days after the Iowa caucus and just ahead of the New Hampshire primary, the Biden campaign released a damaging advertisement against Buttigieg over his lack of experience.
In December 2020, then-President-Elect Joe Biden nominated the former mayor as Transportation Secretary. Since then, critics have roundly criticized his handling of the supply chain crisis, a potential strike by rail workers, and massive airline delays. Now, the 2020 ad attacking Buttigieg’s inexperience has resurfaced as the troubles surrounding the secretary’s performance mount.
Deleted Biden campaign ad slamming Buttigieg's lack of experience resurfaces amid multiple crises
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The ad contrasted the success of the two men’s achievements while noting the outsized experience of Biden compared to Mayor Pete’s. It said Biden helped ensure the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Buttigieg installed decorative lights under bridges in a park. Biden helped save the car industry. Buttigieg installed sidewalks in downtown South Bend. The ad also emphasized how the former longtime Senator helped pass a weapons ban and the Violence Against Women Act, contrasting with Buttigieg’s firing of the city’s first black police chief.
Still, when Biden announced in December 2020 Buttigieg’s nomination as Secretary of Transportation, the video disappeared. Biden stated the former mayor expedited the best of America and said he came equipped to take on the challenges of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate. Nearly two years later, some say the president’s first instinct was correct.
GOP communicator Matt Whitlock said Biden mocked Mayor Pete over his inexperience and that he should have listened to his own ads for advice. He said the ad was devastating and added that it served as an “indictment” of the president’s nomination two years later.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with Whitlock?
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