A host of Today on NBC said that South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg likely cannot win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
“You don’t meet a lot of guys like Mayor Pete who last long on a national level, because, quite frankly, he’s kind of boring,” Craig Melvin said Wednesday. “We’ve seen this from time to time in our politics, there’s a man or a woman who manages to capture our attention and then they fizzle, they fade, they peter out. What’s different this time?”
Buttigieg has been the surprise of the Democratic Party field, surging nationally as the upstart candidate while most expected newcomer Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke to fill that role. O’Rourke has faltered from the beginning.
But as political heavyweight and former vice president Joe Biden enters the race, doubts about outsider candidates – and even some well-known Democrats who were expected to perform well – have arisen.
Buttigieg, though, remains optimistic.
“We are very mindful that vaulting into the top three is nice, but it doesn’t win you the election,” he recently said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do now that is the glamorous on-the-ground blocking and tackling and organizing, especially in the early states, that really carries you through to the nomination. And that’s going to be our focus. I think we’ve established that this is not a flash in the pan.”
The top four Democratic Party candidates in most of Wednesday’s major polls were Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), in that order.
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