Buttigieg pushes back on claims of stalling campaign: We've 'exceeded every expectation'

Buttigieg pushes back on claims of stalling campaign: We've 'exceeded every expectation'
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Buttigieg surges to 10-point lead in New Hampshire: poll MORE pushed back on questions over whether his campaign is stalling, saying he intends to win during this primary cycle and is not thinking about positioning himself for the next election.

NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSanders campaign says it reached 4 million individual donations Johnson: I'm writing a letter to 'lay out what I know' about Ukraine aid Patrick says he won't stop super PAC funding for his campaign MORE asked the South Bend, Ind., mayor on "Meet the Press" Sunday how he responds to supporters asking "okay, when are you going to take off like a rocket ship again." 

"A lot of people are starting to ask, is this a campaign to prepare to run for president another time," Todd asked. 

"It is not, I am in it to win," Buttigeig responded. 

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"[My campaign] exceeded every expectation since we started with four people in a room in South Bend and a campaign list smaller than most congressional campaigns." 

Now is the point in the campaign "where you see how much this is a distance run," Buttigieg said. 

"So much is decided in the last few days," he said, adding that the next "unglamorous" six months or so is his focus. 

Buttigieg entered the campaign as a relatively unknown mayor of a small town and has risen to the top five candidates in a crowded field. 

A RealClearPolitics average of polling has Buttigieg at 5 percent, behind the top-tier candidates including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris endorses Christy Smith in bid to fill Katie Hill's seat Poll: Biden holds 11-point lead over Warren in Arizona Poll: Biden and Warren are neck and neck in California MORE (D-Calif.). 

As the field narrows, with three candidates dropping out this month, Buttigieg has stayed relatively stagnant in his position behind the four top candidates.