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 ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE on Sunday dodged saying whether he thought his two top opponents can beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' 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 TapperCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach 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.