Pete Buttigieg 2020

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  1. 2020 elections

    Poll: Biden continues to dominate among black voters

    The former vice president has 44 percent support, well ahead of second-place Bernie Sanders.

    Joe Biden continues to hold a wide lead in the Democratic primary among African Americans, according to a new poll that also shows black voters believe the former vice president would do the best job on most of the issues important to them.

    In the crowded Democratic field, Biden has 44 percent support — 29 percentage points higher than Sen, Bernie Sanders, who comes in second among African American likely primary voters, according to the survey for the BlackPAC political action committee..

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  2. altitude

    Why Warren’s Drop In the Polls Is Good News for Her

    Candidates define who they are by who they're fighting against.

    As Elizabeth Warren lately has been going down in the polls, if history is a guide, her chances of becoming the next president are going up.

    Those chances probably were not as great as they seemed even when she was enjoying a wave of support last summer. The odds may still be pretty long now that she is confronting rivals in her own party and fighting hard to ensure that her 2020 campaign does not turn out to be a 2019 mirage.

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  3. 2020 elections

    Warren vs. Buttigieg feud creates an opening for Biden in Iowa

    It's not unlike 2004, when John Kerry surged to a surprise win in the state as Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt did battle.

    As Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg do battle ahead of the Iowa caucus, Joe Biden’s campaign is relishing the show.

    It’s a familiar scenario to longtime Iowa watchers: two leading rivals going at it, creating an opening for a come-from-behind win in Iowa by the establishment candidate. In 2004, the last time Democrats sought to unseat a Republican incumbent, a nasty feud between Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt allowed John Kerry to surge to a surprise win in the state.

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  4. 2020 elections

    Warren unleashes on Biden and Buttigieg as campaign gets real

    Her offensive in a Thursday speech in New Hampshire is one of a number of tactical shifts for the campaign.


    Elizabeth Warren went after Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg in some of the most pointed language of her campaign Thursday, accusing them in a speech of catering to ultra-wealthy donors and being "naive" about about what it will take to achieve real progressive change.

    “Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I'm not betting my agenda on the naive hope that if Democrats adopt Republican critiques of progressive policies or make vague calls for unity that somehow the wealthy and well-connected will stand down,” Warren said at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

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  5. 2020 elections

    The left nukes Buttigieg over McKinsey work

    The attacks signal the degree to which progressives view Mayor Pete as a threat to the most ambitious parts of their agenda.

    Hours after Pete Buttigieg released his list of clients at McKinsey, the left already had a nickname teed up for him: “Pete Romney.”

    For months, progressive activists and operatives have been itching to take down the mayor of South Bend, who has risen in early-state polls as he’s slammed Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders’ plans for single-payer health care and free college, and pushed a more moderate agenda. There have long been whispers about Buttigieg’s past work for the behemoth business consultant, which has recently come under fire for allegedly helping boost OxyContin sales and supporting authoritarian regimes in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and China.

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  6. 2020 Elections

    Nevada ‘demoralized’ by all-white Democratic top tier

    ‘What kind of message is the Democratic Party sending to voters of color?’ said one labor leader.

    LAS VEGAS — Nevada has for months functioned as something of a hedge in the primary calendar, the first nominating contest where the Democratic presidential field’s diversity would be measured by a state with a sizable non-white voting population.

    Now it’s looking like a reminder of the monochromatic nature of the party’s leading candidates.

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  7. 2020 elections

    Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term

    Advisers weigh the merits of a one-term pledge by the 77-year-old former vice president.


    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling to aides that he would serve only a single term.

    While the option of making a public pledge remains available, Biden has for now settled on an alternative strategy: quietly indicating that he will almost certainly not run for a second term while declining to make a promise that he and his advisers fear could turn him into a lame duck and sap him of his political capital.

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  8. Elections

    Buttigieg releases names of consulting clients

    The McKinsey clients included a health insurance giant and a scandal-plagued supermarket chain.


    Pete Buttigieg released a list of nine clients, including corporations and government agencies, he worked for during his tenure at McKinsey and Company, as his campaign tries to suppress attacks on his brief business record.

    Under pressure from his presidential rivals and Democratic activists, Buttigieg made a series of concessions to transparency this week: opening his private, high-dollar fundraisers to the press, pledging to disclose a list of his bundlers and naming his full client list at McKinsey, after the company released him from a nondisclosure agreement on Monday. Within 24 hours, Buttigieg released a timeline of his work at the consulting firm.

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  9. 2020 elections

    Biden claims he has the most diverse staff — but won’t back it up

    Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders all say their staffs are about 40 percent people of color.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden claims to have “the most diverse staff of anybody running” but his campaign won't prove it.

    Biden made the sweeping assertion in an interview with NPR this week while campaigning in Iowa. But when presented with staff diversity figures from other campaigns, Biden's campaign declined to release its own numbers.

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  10. 2020 Elections

    Buttigieg and Warren come clean in tangle over transparency

    Pete Buttigieg will release his corporate clients after McKinsey waived his confidentiality agreement.

    McKinsey and Co. will allow Pete Buttigieg to disclose the clients he served at the management consulting firm a decade ago, the latest development in a weeklong battle over transparency as Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren scrap for position in the Democratic presidential primary.

    Buttigieg has faced weeks of criticism from rival campaigns and Democratic activists over his employment at McKinsey and his closed-door fundraisers with wealthy donors, particularly from Warren, who has banned in-person fundraisers on her campaign as part of an anti-corruption platform. But Buttigieg has fired back by criticizing Warren for not releasing her tax returns during years that covered her corporate legal work.

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  11. 2020 elections

    McKinsey allows Buttigieg to disclose clients

    “We recognize the unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign,” a McKinsey spokesperson said in a statement.


    McKinsey, the management consulting company Pete Buttigieg worked for after college, has released Buttigieg from a confidentiality agreement and will allow him to name the clients he served.

    “We recognize the unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign,” a McKinsey spokesperson said in a statement. “After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mr. Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010.”

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  12. 2020 Elections

    Buttigieg to open fundraisers, disclose bundlers after criticism

    Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren are trading shots over campaign transparency.

    Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that he will open his private, high-dollar fundraisers to the press and publicly disclose the names of his top financial supporters within the week, amid pressure from Elizabeth Warren.

    Buttigieg and Warren have traded attacks on campaign transparency in recent days: On Sunday night, Warren announced she earned $1.9 million over decades of corporate legal work, after Buttigieg criticized Warren for not releasing her tax returns from before 2008. Warren, meanwhile, has targeted Buttigieg throughout the weekend for holding closed-door fundraisers. Warren has banned closed-door fundraising events for her presidential campaign as part of an anti-corruption platform, pledging to cut off big donors' access to power.

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  13. 2020 Elections

    Warren made $1.9 million from corporate and financial legal work

    The senator had come under pressure from Pete Buttigieg to disclose her compensation from private clients.


    Elizabeth Warren — under pressure from rival Pete Buttigieg to reveal her past compensation from corporate clients — announced Sunday that she's received $1.9 million from private legal work since 1986.

    The Massachusetts senator and former Harvard professor made the disclosure amid a tit-for-tat with Buttigieg over previous career assignments: Her legal representation of corporations, and his work at the corporate consulting firm McKinsey. Vying for pole position in Iowa, Warren and Buttitieg have sought to put one another on defense by suggesting the other had something to hide.

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  14. 2020 elections

    Buttigieg releases timeline of McKinsey work

    "I never worked on a project inconsistent with my values, and if asked to do so, I would have left the firm rather than participate," the Democratic presidential candidate said.

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a timeline of his work at McKinsey & Co. on Friday amid criticism that he isn't sharing more details about his time at the consulting firm.

    In a statement accompanying the timeline, the South Bend (Ind.) mayor defended his work and said he and his campaign had asked McKinsey to lift the confidentiality agreement barring him from sharing more details about his employment.

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  15. 2020 elections

    Buttigieg confronted by voters over work for McKinsey

    Rivals and voters are increasingly suggesting he has something to hide.

    CONCORD, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg is getting grilled by voters about his work at the corporate consulting firm McKinsey — a chapter of his career that’s increasingly dogging his campaign.

    The repeated questions about McKinsey on the trail here — Buttigieg was asked about it once on Thursday and twice Friday — come amid recent media scrutiny of Buttigieg’s stint at the firm. The New York Times ran a lengthy article and an editorial this week titled, “"Buttigieg’s Untenable Vow of Silence.”

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  16. 2020 elections

    Hostilities between Warren and Buttigieg boil over

    Long reluctant to call out her rivals by name, Warren went there with Buttigieg on Thursday night — and his campaign returned the fire.

    Long-simmering tensions between Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, the two ascendant Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, burst into the open this week.

    Warren and Buttigieg’s campaigns each called the other out in a flurry of back-and-forths on the candidates’ tax returns, past corporate clients, campaign bundlers and opening fundraisers to the news media.

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  17. 2020 elections

    Buttigieg camp courts black support in Congress

    The move comes amid criticism of Buttigieg’s record and a reset of his black outreach in South Carolina.

    Pete Buttigieg’s push for African American support, amid weeks of bad headlines about his struggles with black voters, has hit the halls of Congress with a new appeal to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Rep. Don Beyer — one of three members of Congress, all white, who have endorsed Buttigieg — is leading the push, distributing a letter to black House colleagues this week asking them to examine Buttigieg’s “Douglass Plan,” a set of policy proposals focused on black Americans.

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    Digging into Kamala's downfall and the demographics of 2020

    The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO national political reporter Christopher Cadelago about what went wrong in Kamala Harris' bid for president.

    The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO national political reporter Christopher Cadelago about what went wrong in Kamala Harris' bid for president.

    Plus, national political reporter Laura Barrón-López and reporting fellow Maya King talk to Scott about the demographics on the campaign trail -- why Cory Booker and Kamala Harris have struggled to make inroads with black voters, Pete Buttigieg's failure to connect with Latino and black voters and what the path to victory through South Carolina and Nevada looks like.

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  19. 2020 elections

    Vultures pick over remains of Harris campaign

    ‘This is an opportunity…especially in South Carolina,’ said one Democratic operative.

    Kamala Harris is having a bigger impact on the presidential primary in the two days since she dropped out than in her last three months as a candidate.

    After her departure, Sen. Cory Booker and Julián Castro immediately seized on Harris’ withdrawal to lament the dearth of non-white candidates in the field — a potential late opening for their own faltering campaigns. Elizabeth Warren is also seeking an edge from Harris’ exit: In paid ads, the Massachusetts senator contrasted Harris’ experience — and that of female candidates generally — with the billionaire men still running.

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  20. 2020 elections

    Buttigieg lands endorsement from Obama's former body man

    The support of Reggie Love comes as Buttigieg looks to dramatically improve his standing with black voters.

    Pete Buttigieg scored a trio of endorsements from former Obama-world players on Thursday, a major boost for the South Bend mayor as he looks to draw parallels between his rising campaign and that of the former president.

    Buttigieg secured the endorsement of Obama’s former longtime body man Reggie Love, a not-insignificant vote of confidence as Buttigieg also looks to dramatically improve his standing with black voters.

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