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 ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE on Sunday dodged saying whether he thought his two top opponents can beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America 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 BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 slams 'Trump's unprecedented war on accountability' Ron Johnson says he's not 'crying big crocodile tears' over firing of State Department IG HHS secretary points to 'unhealthy comorbidities' when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US 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.