Buttigieg picks up Iowa congressman's endorsement ahead of caucuses

Buttigieg picks up Iowa congressman's endorsement ahead of caucuses
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE picked up an endorsement from long-time Iowa Rep. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Iowa secretary of State requests recount in key House race Democrats poised for House gains with boost from Trump-won districts MORE (D) on Sunday, less than a month ahead of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. 

The seven-term congressman touted Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., as a Washington outsider who can help unite the nation. 

“Pete offers a new kind of leadership that we desperately need –– he's a midwestern mayor, a veteran, and is from a new generation,” Loebsack said in a statement.


“Iowans and our country face great challenges like climate change, increasing health care costs, and an economy that isn't working for the majority of Americans. They can't be solved with the same political warfare that is on display in Washington,” he added. “Pete is the candidate that can heal our divides, restore decency to the presidency, and bring this country together. “


Buttigieg is in the top four candidates in Iowa, based on a recent Des Moines Register/CNN poll, which is widely considered the most authoritative survey in the state. Friday's poll showed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.) in the lead with 20 percent support from likely Democratic caucusgoers, but the top candidates are closely bunched together with. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.) trails Sanders at 17 percent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE is in the third spot at 16 percent, and Buttigieg is fourth at 15 percent based on the poll of 701 likely Democratic caucusgoers. The poll has a margin of error of 3.67 percentage points. 

The four top candidates will be on the stage Tuesday in Iowa for the last debate ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses. They will be joined by Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) and Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE.

Loebsack’s endorsement comes after fellow Iowa House Democrat, Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Incoming Iowa GOP lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE, announced she would be backing Biden in the presidential race. Finkenauer, a freshman lawmaker who flipped a GOP seat in 2018, was the first lawmaker from Iowa's congressional delegation to back a 2020 candidate

Iowa’s third House Democrat, Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus On The Money: Powell says 'concerning' rise in COVID-19 cases could hinder economic recovery | House Democrats withdraw appeal in case over Trump's New York tax returns | Initial jobless claims dip to 751,000 First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year MORE, has not endorsed a candidate in the race.