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Biden says Buttigieg is 'not a Barack Obama' on NH campaign trail

Former Vice President Joe Biden went on the offensive against former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE on Saturday, saying that he was more experienced than former mayor and that Buttigieg is "not a Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAmerica needs an Operation Warp Speed for cancer Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Obama on Daunte Wright: We need to reimagine policing MORE.”

Biden told a swath of voters on the campaign trail in New Hampshire that he was not a risky candidate to run against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE in the 2020 general election if he became the nominee.

The former vice president also pushed one of his main talking points that he's an experienced leader and lawmaker.

“I do not believe we’re a party at risk if I’m the nominee,” Biden said. “I do believe we’re a party at risk if we nominate someone who has never held a higher office than the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”

In the past, the former mayor has tried to draw comparisons between himself and former President Barack Obama, as both Buttigieg and then-candidate Obama faced questions about their experience and ability to handle the rigors of the presidential office, according to The Associated Press

Referencing the mayor's Obama comparisons, Biden told reporters according to the wire service that, "This guy’s not a Barack Obama. Barack Obama had laid out a clear vision of what he thought the international society should look like and what the order should be. Barack Obama had laid out in detail what he thought should happen with regard to the economy.”

Biden's comments echo a new attack ad that his campaign rolled out on Saturday. The 90-second ad compares the records of both Biden and Buttigieg and focuses on the fact that the Buttigieg was the mayor of the small city of South Bend for eight years.

“Both Vice President BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE and former Mayor Buttigieg have taken on tough fights. Under threat of a nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal, and under the threat of disappearing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners,” the narrator in the ad says.

“Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Pete have helped shape our economy. Joe Biden helped save the auto industry, which revitalized the economy of the Midwest, and led the passage and the implementation of the Recovery Act, saving our economy from a depression,” she adds.

“Pete Buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying out decorative brick.” 

In response, Chris Meagher, Buttigieg's national press secretary, said in a statement: "The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran."

The offensive strategy from the Biden campaign comes as the former vice president looks to rebound in New Hampshire's primary after struggling to a fourth place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
 
In Iowa, Buttigieg virtually tied with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Congress can protect sacred Oak Flat in Arizona from mining project MORE (I-Vt.) with 100 percent of results in, and polls this week have shown the two leading the Democratic primary pack ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire nominating race.