Buttigieg jokes about crowded Democratic field: 'We might as well carpool'

Buttigieg jokes about crowded Democratic field: 'We might as well carpool'
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South Bend Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D) joked Saturday about the sizable 2020 Democratic primary field, quipping that he and his fellow primary contenders "might as well carpool."

Buttigieg made the joke at a campaign event in Iowa, the site of the first caucuses of the 2020 primary, where he told a crowd in Des Moines that the Democrats "might as well carpool" as they travel around the early primary states, CNN reported.

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"You would be surprised how often we are in dialogue with each other," Buttigieg added. "And as these cattle calls pick up we are going to get to know each other better and better."

Buttigieg also said during the event that he hopes the party will unify after the primaries end, telling his audience that he didn't see it "as having opponents so much as competitors."

The South Bend mayor registered at 9 points in an Economist/YouGov survey this week, ahead of much of his competition in the Democratic primary. Still, he trails behind frontrunners including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.), and has in recent weeks fallen behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Mass.).

Other presidential contenders, including Biden, have joked about the size of the Democratic presidential primary, which now hosts 24 hopefuls.

“There's a lot of people who are qualified and decent and running,” Biden quipped at a campaign event last month. “And I think it's one heck of a field, although I never anticipated there'd be 300 people running.”