NASHUA, N.H. — Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday painted his tenure fixing more compact-city issues as a boon, not a hindrance, as he attempts to defeat back assaults from some of his 2020 Democratic presidential rivals in excess of his lack of national political expertise.
“Remember, mayors have to get matters performed. You’re in no way going to listen to of a city government shutting down because two events couldn’t agree,” Mr. Buttigieg explained. “We just have to make sure the water keeps flowing by way of your [tanks] whilst we determine it out.”
He said this kind of a “problem-solving” instinct is one reason why men and women must try to make Washington, D.C. appear additional like the country’s most effective-operate cities and cities.
The remarks came after former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s campaign unveiled a electronic ad Saturday lampooning Mr. Buttigieg’s experience as a small-town mayor working with concerns like ornamental lighting.
“People are exhausted of being a punch line for Washington politicians,” the ex-mayor said Sunday.
Mr. Buttigieg spoke at a campaign rally at a middle college in Nashua, where there was a enormous crowd snaking all around the celebration site waiting to get in beforehand.
Following finishing in a virtual tie for 1st put in Iowa with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Mr. Buttigieg has been jockeying with the Vermont socialist for entrance-runner status in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s most important.
Dan Ayotte, 52, from Milford, said he was leaning towards Mr. Buttigieg or Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
“You need any individual that is going to be capable to go the length and not get worn out, not get tripped up,” said Mr. Ayotte, a cousin of previous Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican. “I know I couldn’t keep up with younger individuals any much more … it is hard.”
He was skeptical that other candidates would be in a position to go toe-to-toe on a phase versus President Trump.
“Out of all these candidates, who’s going to get eaten alive by him? Simply because he’s unethical and doesn’t have any parameter,” he claimed. “I see him destroying Biden and Bernie. Somebody like Amy and Elizabeth [Warren] — I think they would do nicely versus him in the debate, but I also assume that he would do extremely effectively.”
Lisa Sanborn, a quilter from Merrimack, gave Mr. Buttigieg superior marks for his discussion general performance Friday evening.
“He held his composure, he answered concerns with data and he did not just fly off the cope with,” she stated. “I just assume he’s simple.”
She reported she’s “99.9%” certain she’ll vote for Mr. Buttigieg on Tuesday but that she has a “teeny” desire in Ms. Klobuchar.
Nevertheless, Mr. Buttigieg is working with skepticism from some on the significantly still left.
All through his speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Supper on Saturday, Mr. Buttigieg was greeted with jeers and chants of “Wall Avenue Pete!” from Mr. Sanders’ segment of supporters.