“Well, he’s right, I’m not. And neither is he. Neither is any of us running for president,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” after being asked about the comment from Biden the day before.
“Oh come on, man,” Biden told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday. “This guy’s not a Barack Obama.”
On Sunday, Buttigieg added that “this isn’t 2008, it’s 2020 and we are in a new moment calling for a different kind of leadership.”
The ad, titled “Pete’s Record” and reported first by CNN, makes a series of cheeky comparisons between the two candidates — contrasting Biden’s time shepherding major legislation to passage and negotiating international agreements with the smaller challenges facing the mayor of a city of 100,000.
It’s the most direct, negative ad aired to date by any leading Democratic presidential contender against a primary rival. The ad reflects a new sense of urgency in Biden’s campaign: The former vice president and his aides have said they expect to lose New Hampshire, too — but his campaign is looking to regain its footing as the race moves to Nevada and South Carolina later this month.
“I’m happy to congratulate Sen. Sanders on a fantastic night just as we had a terrific night,” he said.
With 100% precincts reporting, Buttigieg holds a slim lead over Sanders in the caucuses. The former mayor leads the senator by one-tenth of one percentage point in the all-important state delegate equivalent count.
The Buttigieg and Sanders campaigns each claimed victory in that contest during a town hall in New Hampshire.
CNN’s Sarah Mucha, Eric Bradner, Adam Levy and Dan Merica contributed to this report.