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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party MORE picked up an endorsement from long-time Iowa Rep. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackButtigieg picks up Iowa congressman's endorsement ahead of caucuses How the 31 Democrats in Trump districts voted on impeachment Nearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment 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.

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“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 SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter 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 Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) trails Sanders at 17 percent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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 Jean KlobucharSanders opens up 15-point lead in New Hampshire: Poll Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll MORE (D-Minn.) and Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSteyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests South Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer MORE.

Loebsack’s endorsement comes after fellow Iowa House Democrat, Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerBiden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Biden announces statewide bus tour ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district 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 AxneBiden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Biden announces statewide bus tour ahead of Iowa caucuses Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters MORE, has not endorsed a candidate in the race.