Buttigieg won't say if Sanders, Biden can beat Trump

Buttigieg won't say if Sanders, Biden can beat Trump
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE on Sunday dodged saying whether he thought his two top opponents can beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE if one of them becomes the nominee. 

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., pitched himself as the candidate best positioned to take on Trump and would not say whether he thinks former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) would be able to beat the president in November. 

Asked whether he believes Biden could defeat Trump, Buttigieg said on CNN’s "State of the Union" that "I am better positioned to beat Donald Trump than any of my competitors."

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The former mayor added that he is going to support whoever is the nominee of the party. 

“I'm not asking that. I’m asking, do you think he can do it ... or will turnout not be sufficient?” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper spars with Trump on Twitter: 'Utter nonsense' Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms' Biden says Democratic convention should not be canceled amid pandemic MORE followed up. 

“Here’s my concern. If you look at the lessons of history over the last half-century, every time that we have won, every time my party has won the White House it has been with a candidate who is new in national politics, who doesn’t work in Washington or at least hadn't been there very long, and it was opening the door to a new generation of leadership,” Buttigieg responded. 

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“That is the best way to win, and at a moment like this, why would we take a chance on anything else?” he added. 

Asked whether Sanders would lose to Trump, Buttigieg again said he believes he has a “better chance of defeating” Trump. 

He said Sanders's message of a political revolution could be polarizing for “most Americans.” 

Buttigieg said Democrats “can’t afford to polarize” and said it’s “not true” that voters have to pick between a political revolution and status quo. 

The former mayor also said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that he thinks voters understand that the Democratic candidates have similar beliefs and "are focused more than anything else that we have the nominee to defeat Donald Trump."

“I believe I have the campaign best positioned to do that, the message best positioned to do that,” he said.

Buttigieg has been hitting the two opponents in the days ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses.