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Buttigieg releases ad in Iowa amid rise in polls

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in protest Buttigieg is blazing trails for LGBTQ equality MORE's campaign on Tuesday released a TV ad in Iowa highlighting national unity as he rises in state and national polls. 

The ad, which is Buttigieg's sixth in the state, includes excerpts from his speech at last week's Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines. 

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"The point is what lies on the other side of the fight," the South Bend, Ind., mayor said in the speech. "The hope of an American experience defined not by exclusion but by belonging. That is what we are here to deliver."

Buttigieg has risen from the middle of the Democratic primary's field to fourth place, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (I-Vt.). 

A New York Times-Siena College survey released last week showed Warren leading the field in the Hawkeye State with the support of 22 percent of respondents, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Buttigieg and Biden at 18 and 17 percent, respectively. 

Meanwhile, Buttigieg made gains in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday, but still trails Biden, Warren and Sanders nationally. 

Buttigieg made headlines over the weekend when he suggested that the Democratic primary could turn into a two-way race between him and Warren. 

He later walked back the remarks, however, saying he did not think the comments came out right before emphasizing the strength of the other contenders in the race.