MILFORD, N.H. — A surging Pete Buttigieg made his final pitch to Granite Staters on primary eve, taking shots at President Trump and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., early on in his get-out-the-vote rally in Milford targeted Trump, acknowledging the president was also in New Hampshire on Monday. That comment drew boos from the lively crowd at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club.
“The president of the United States thinks we’re suckers,” said Buttigieg, noting proposed cuts in Trump’s budget, saying the president is breaking “the promises he’s made to the American people.”
“But we know, we know that there will be accountability for all of those broken promises,” Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg said he’s reaching out to as many people as possible, including Democrats, independents and “future former Republicans.”
In a shot at Sanders — the Vermont senator who’s been leading most New Hampshire polls ahead of Tuesday’s vote — Buttigieg he’s “very concerned about the suggestion that either you got to be for a revolution or you got to be for the status quo.”
Buttigieg also jabbed Sanders over health care. Buttigieg said his own health-care plan would cost about $1.5 trillion over 10 years.
“No small sum, but compared to 20 or 30 or 40 (trillion), or if you ask Senator Sanders, he says it’s impossible to even know how much it’ll cost,” Buttigieg said. “Ours is specific, and it is paid for.”
Buttigieg said he wants to deliver “Medicare for all who want it.”
“While Senator Sanders’ ideals are certainly ideals that I think most Americans share, at the end of day we have to explain how we’re supposed to get from here to there,” Buttigieg said. “And we know there’s a hole in his proposals that amount to $25 trillion, bigger than the entire size of the American economy. I think the American people deserve answers on how we’re going to make sure the math adds up.”
Chris Masure, 57, of Manchester, N.H., said he was torn between voting for Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Masure said he’ll vote for Buttigieg on Tuesday because he expects Biden will be the nominee, “so I’ll get to vote for both of them.”
“There’s no way Buttigieg will win without the African-American vote, but I think he deserves it so I’m going to vote for him even if he ultimately won’t be the nominee,” Masure said.
Buttigieg “checks all my boxes,” Masure said, but admitted that he could “use more seasoning.”
“Maybe in 2024 he’ll get it,” Masure said.
Jane Parenteau, 56, of Amherst, N.H., said she was narrowing down her choice between Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“I’m trying to figure out who’s more viable and who represents my views more,” she said. “Pete and Amy are definitely my top two, and I’ll have to make a decision at 6 a.m.”