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Pete Buttigieg Eclipses Biden Ahead of First Caucuses in Iowa

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The presidential race for Democrats in the United States is pacing up, as only three months are left for the nation’s first caucuses to be held in Iowa. Amidst the growing contest, four names from the left wing party have constantly emerged to be making strides towards victory.

The South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden currently stand at an enormous gap from the remaining 13 candidates, whether in polls, enthusiasm or organization.

With just few weeks to go, the presidential race is now entering a new phase in Iowa, where some unusual fluctuations in the momentum of the four-strong Democrats pack has been taking place. This week’s poll of likely caucusgoers taken by The New York Times and Siena College showed both Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg as the desirable fresh faces, driving a surge of momentum.

While the Massachusetts senator has remained in the top three, Mayor Buttigieg was recently found outshining Biden, struggling to regain the dynamics along with Sanders. According to the average, Warren is leading in Iowa with 22.3 per cent, followed by Buttigieg at 17 per cent, Biden on 15.7 per cent and Sanders on 15.3 per cent.

In an interview broadcast on Showtime on Sunday, Buttigieg was seen wearing extensive confidence as he said that the election bid is “getting to be a two-way” between him and Warren. “A world where we’re getting somewhere is that world, where it’s coming down to the two of us,” he said. However, the remarks quickly sparked criticism.

While speaking to ABC on Sunday, the 37-year-old was also asked if he was different from Warren, to which he said, “I think we can deliver major, meaningful, bold changes that move this country forward in a way that galvanises an American majority instead of polarising our country further.”

He added, “We’re going to need a president who can pick up the pieces and can bring the country together.”

For Warren, the recent proposal has been in the healthcare sector, where she laid a financing plan of $20.5 trillion for her Medicare-for-all program, criticized by both democrats and republicans. Buttigieg, on the other hand, has proposed “Medicare for all who want it”, which is basically a plan that would not end private insurance cover. However, both have stated that their healthcare plan will not raise taxes on the middle class.

In a separate interview with CBS News on Sunday, Pete Buttigieg said that even after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election, there is “energy for an outsider like me” in the upcoming presidential race. “It doesn’t work with just any outsider — it matters what you care about and whether you’re committed to uniting, rather than dividing the American people as president,” Buttigieg added.

For saying that he believed “this is getting to be a two-way” race between him and Warren, Buttigieg said that it “didn’t come out right,” and he “can’t remember the exact context for that”.

The Democratic party for the 2020 presidential elections is more diverse than ever, where the South Bend mayor could become the first openly gay president of the country. Moreover, he promises to bring a generation change and launch the next era, if he wins.

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