Trump mocks Buttigieg: 'He has a great chance'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE mocked 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign field organizers unionize Harris: Buttigieg comparing 'struggles' between black, LGBTQ communities is 'a bit naive' Poll: Trump edges Biden, trails Sanders in neck and neck match-ups MORE (D) during a campaign rally in Florida on Wednesday, saying he would "want to watch" the South Bend, Ind., mayor take on the Chinese president.

At the rally, Trump mockingly floated Buttigieg’s name while attacking other 2020 Democratic contenders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE

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"You got a choice between Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie," Trump said. "And I’ll take any of them. Let's just pick somebody, please, and let’s start this thing. Let’s start it." 

"We have a young man, Buttigieg," Trump continued while attempting to sound out the mayor’s last name. "Boot-edge-edge. They say 'edge-edge.'"

"He’s got a great chance. He’ll be great. He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China," he said to laughs from audience. "That’ll be great."

"I want to be in that room. I want to watch that one," he continued.

Trump previously speculated that he may end up campaigning against either of those three candidates in the 2020 race. 

Last month, in his first public acknowledgement of Buttigieg, the president said he would welcome the chance to run against the 37-year-old mayor.

"I think I'd like running against him, too," Trump said of Buttigieg. "But it'll be interesting to see it unfold."

In recent polling, Biden and Sanders have led the crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. However, Buttigieg has seen a surge of popularity in polling in the past few weeks since launching his presidential campaign.