Heated exchange between Buttigieg and Biden continues

Heated exchange between Buttigieg and Biden copntinues
The White House cadidates has engaged themselves in a heated exchange. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times, Iowa: The two US Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden have engaged themselves in a heated exchange this weekend following the chaos of last week’s Iowa caucus.

Both continued to attack each other’s record on ABC’s This Week.

It has started with Joe Biden, when the White House hopeful shared a video mocking Pete Buttigieg’s record as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

The first primary of the election begins in New Hampshire on Tuesday, while final results from last Monday’s Iowa caucus give Mr. Buttigieg victory over Bernie Sanders, with Mr. Biden trailing in fourth place.

Pete Buttigieg is projected to get 14 delegates, the highest in number. Bernie Sanders is to get 12, Elizabeth Warren eight, Joe Biden six and Amy Klobuchar one.

What’s the background?

Mr. Biden shared the video on Twitter on Saturday, since then it has been viewed more than four million times. In the video, Biden launched a scathing attack on Mr. Buttigieg, comparing his own achievements as vice-president to his opponent’s record as mayor of the city of South Bend.

Biden claimed in the video that while serving as Mayor, Buttigieg had fired a black police chief and forced out a black fire chief.

Buttigieg’s national press secretary responded “The vice president’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran.”

In the ABC’s This Week show, Biden was asked if he thought Mr. Buttigieg had “a race problem”. Biden replied: “No, I’m saying he hasn’t been able to unify the black community, that’s what I’m saying.” The interview created another wave of heated exchange between the two candidates.

The former VP further added: “Let’s get something straight here. I didn’t attack Pete. Pete’s been attacking me. He’s been saying the reason we’re in the problem we’re in now is because of the recent past. That’s 8 years of Obama and me. I don’t get that.”

In a separate interview with the same network, Buttigieg responded “Well he’s right, I’m not Barack Obama, and neither is he”, pointing Biden’s position appeared to essentially be that Buttigieg “is no Barack Obama”.

Pete then continues ”Neither is anyone running for president right now. And this isn’t 2008, it’s 2020, and this election is about where our country is headed next.”