South Bend, Indiana Mayor and rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg slammed American-style capitalism Tuesday; saying he believes the current system “has let a lot of people down” across the country.
“I think the reason we’re having this argument over socialism and capitalism is that capitalism has let a lot of people down,” the mayor told CNN.
“I would say the reverse ought to be true — that at the end of the day, we prioritize democracy,” he added. “And having that framework of a rule of law, of fairness, is actually what it takes for markets to work.”
Buttigieg stunned political insiders in recent days when new polling data showed he had risen to third place among national Democratic candidates; trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
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BERNIE BLASTS OFF: Sanders Takes the Lead in Latest Democrat Poll, Buttigieg on the Rise
A new poll released Monday shows Vermont Senator and self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders taking the lead among potential presidential nominees; topping former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time.
According to Emerson Polling, Sanders was the preferred pick by 29% of likely Democrat voters; followed by former Vice President Biden at 24% and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9%.
Rounding out the top five were Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris at 8% each.
“While still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination; the numbers had him at 0% in mid-February, 3% in March and now at 9% in April,” adds the report.
“Biden has seen his support drop. In February, he led Sanders 27% to 17%, and in March the two were tied at 26%. Now, Sanders has a 5 point lead, 29% to 24%,” says the survey.
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Pete Buttigieg Enters 2020 Race for the White House
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially jumped into the 2020 race for the White House Sunday; unveiling his campaign to take-on his fellow Democratic challengers and potentially President Trump in the coming months.
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“The forces of change in our country today are tectonic,” he said. “Forces that help to explain what made this current presidency even possible. That’s why, this time, it’s not just about winning an election — it’s about winning an era.”
Recent polling shows Buttigieg making major inroads among his fellow Democratic challengers; routinely taking the third spot following former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.