Biden, without Obama’s endorsement, uses him anyway, in ad to bloody up Buttigieg

With former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg besting Joe Biden in Iowa — supposedly, as final results remain elusive, if not sketchy — the former vice president took the gloves off in a stinging ad targeting his openly gay opponent.

Of course, coming in fourth in Iowa, it may be now or never for Biden. Even more so, given that Buttigieg leads him by better than 10 points in New Hampshire.

The 37-year-old former municipal administrator ran a city of just over 100,000, and Biden reminded voters that was a far cry from the world stage he has played on — of course, the results of that performance are up to interpretation, given one’s point of view.

The ad came out after Friday’s debate on ABC, which saw Buttigieg get a little bloody in an exchange with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., over experience. In the spot, the records of the two men were compared, with the scales heavily tipped toward Biden.

“When President Obama called on him, Joe Biden helped lead the passage of the Affordable Care Act — which gave health care to 20 million people,” the ad said. “And when park-goers called on Pete Buttigieg, he installed decorative lights under bridges, giving citizens of South Bend colorfully illuminated rivers.”

And it gets worse.

“Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Buttigieg have taken on tough fights,” the ad declared. “Under threat of nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal. And under the threat of disappearing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners.”

With Buttigieg struggling to woo African-American voters, the Biden campaign made sure to include a dig here too.

“Both Biden and Buttigieg have made hard decisions,” the ad said. “Despite pressure from the NRA, Joe Biden passed the assault weapons ban through Congress. Then he passed the Violence Against Women Act.”

“And when public pressure mounted against him, former Mayor Pete fired the first African American Police Chief of South Bend,” the ad then stated. “And then he forced out the African American fire chief too.”

Biden also upped the ante on the stump, taking a shot at Buttigieg on Saturday when a reporter compared Buttigieg’s lack of experience to that of Barack Obama, asking if the tactic was “an act of desperation.”

“Oh, come on, man,” Biden replied. “This guy is not a Barack Obama. Barack Obama had been a United States senator of a really large state. Barack Obama had laid out a clear vision of what he thought the international society should look like. Barack Obama had laid out in detail what he thought should happen to the economy.”

Buttigieg’s response to the ding on having small-town experience has been to say “that’s exactly the point” of him running, that he is not a Washington insider.

His campaign responded to the Biden campaign ad with a statement taking a shot at big government.

“While Washington politics trivializes what goes on in communities like South Bend, South Bend residents who now have better jobs, rising income, and new life in their city don’t think their lives are a Washington politician’s punchline,” the release said.

And there was the prerequisite response from an offended small-town mayor:

Here’s a quick sampling of a few other online responses to the Biden ad:


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