Ahead of midterms, Sec. Pete Buttigieg tells @GStephanopoulos that Democrats are going to “focus on the achievements that have been made in this Congress and under this president, as well as the vision for the future.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 17, 2022
Again, put Pete Buttigieg everywhere pic.twitter.com/STcm0ouf9Y
— chyea ok (@chyeaok) October 16, 2022
“When asked, ‘Who do we want as a surrogate?’ not only was I supportive of ?@PeteButtigieg? — because yeah, I want him back here — but I think he’s the kind of messenger we want on the ground to get people fired up ahead of the midterms.” #NHPolitics https://t.co/7KtafODHTo
— Matt Wilhelm (@RepWilhelm) October 16, 2022
I’d like it if a Black, female Vice President were as popular as a White male Secretary of Transportation in lily-white New Hampshire, but I’d also like it if eating my favorite potato chips burned stubborn belly fat; I just don’t count on it, for reasons.
NEW from me – the member of the administration most in demand on the midterms trail: not Joe Biden, not Kamala Harris but the 14th in line in succession.
What it says about the popularity of the president and about Democrats wanting fresh faces: https://t.co/pRH1Jh16vE
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 16, 2022
Here’s a reason: Media Village Idiot, bloody knife in hand, wonders where all theses stab-wound victims came from:
… Two dozen operatives and candidates tell CNN they think Buttigieg is benefiting from the desire for a fresh face. Despite a steady uptick since the summer, Biden’s approval ratings are low, and Democrats believe that’s hurting Harris too, who has had her own political struggles – even as much of the administration’s agenda remains broadly popular.
“It’s the association with being a Democrat – but not with Biden or Harris,” said one operative involved in multiple House races, explaining why campaigns have been gravitating to Buttigieg. “In the context of what people have to pick from, he’s very popular.”
It’s not just about popularity. Some campaign operatives admit, with a note of embarrassment, they have been reluctant to invite Harris out of fear that would bring scrutiny from Republicans who monitor every word she says in ways Buttigieg rarely has to worry about, leaving candidates as collateral damage in an attack (fairly or unfairly) aimed at the first Black woman vice president.
And some point to the basics of tight campaign budgets in the final stretch of the midterms: the vice president’s security footprint is large, and when she travels for politics, some of the costs for the Secret Service and local police protection have to be covered by the campaigns that are bringing her in. Even just a few hours on the ground can run tens of thousands of dollars and create traffic and other hold ups.
Buttigieg, by contrast, can travel with just a member of the Protective Services Division squished beside him in coach on a commercial flight. Harris only meets people who’ve been wanded by the Secret Service and tested for Covid-19, while Buttigieg can go to political events making his way through the airport in the reverse of his campaign trail style – suit jacket on now, but no tie…
Buttigieg, who came in a close second in the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary, was state party officials’ top choice to headline their big fall fundraising dinner, according to party officials, even before a poll that came out in late July showing him leading the field for a theoretical New Hampshire primary, essentially tied with Biden but edging out Harris by 11 percentage points.
To the surprise of some in New Hampshire, the White House political office greenlit the invitation not long after. Tickets sold out…
[To the surprise of some in the media, President Biden cares more about the good of his party — and the country — than he does about ensuring nobody crowds *his* spotlight. TFG would *never*!… ]
“Teddy Roosevelt had the square deal. FDR had the New Deal. So I’m going to say this body of defining achievements, this incredibly productive year, amounts to such a big deal that we ought to just call it The Big Deal,” Buttigieg said, putting that up against Republicans’ “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
“And if, in the tradition of our President, you like to insert an extra adjective in there, feel free.” …
Another factor working against Harris: the price of bringing in Air Force 2.
“When you’re bringing her in, there’s a cost factor that goes far beyond what most Democratic Party folks can afford,” @WhipClyburn told me, adding that he’d had to chip in to bring the VP to SC in June
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 16, 2022
Pete Buttigieg to Margaret Brennan when she suggests Democratic divisions killed paid family leave: "Hold on. But if even one Republican were prepared to support paid leave, we'd be in a different territory. So let's not let 50 Republicans off the hook." pic.twitter.com/pzxPW3ij7K
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 16, 2022
Pete Buttigieg explains why the GOP is busy fighting culture wars. pic.twitter.com/6V7aTsQJ1G
— IndivisibleWestchester???????? (@IndivisWstchr) October 17, 2022
Sec Pete Buttigieg, on dealing with a polarized moment: "It turns out literally everything can be politicized right now […] The fact that we got this done shows you can get through sometimes. […] What you have is an administration that is clear-eyed about the stakes…" pic.twitter.com/XAdQ2OURyP
— Gah! I'm just a fan sharing tidbits?????? (@petetidbits) October 15, 2022
We all stand to benefit when we reconnect communities.
No one is worse off when America corrects past harms that disrupted people's access to the places, people, and resources they need to reach. pic.twitter.com/9S5Cz51b6u
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) October 16, 2022