Buttigieg rips Biden attack ad: Small communities 'frustrated' with being made into a 'punchline'

Buttigieg rips Biden attack ad: Small communities 'frustrated' with being made into a 'punchline'

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE said communities like the one he served are "frustrated" with Washington politicians making them into a "punchline," after Buttigieg's Democratic presidential primary opponent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE, released an attack ad hitting Buttigieg's experience. 

"So many communities like mine in South Bend. We know we might look small from the perspective of Washington, but to us what's going on in Washington looks so small or small-minded," Buttigieg said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" in response to the Biden ad. 

"And communities, whether they’re my size, or rural communities, or even neighborhood in our biggest cities that feel completely left behind, are frustrated with being being made into a punchline by Washington politicians." 


The former mayor hit a similar note on CBS's "Face the Nation," telling host Margaret Brennan that the Biden ad is a" typical political attack that doesn’t tell most of the story."

"It makes no mention of the work that we did for example in my administration appointing the first African-American top lawyer for the city, helping the first citywide executive African-American woman get elected in South Bend and really minimizing the experience of my city."

"I know that a lot of mayors have been speaking up today about the idea that what happens in communities doesn’t count," he added.


Biden's ad released Saturday juxtaposed the former vice president's experience working in the Obama administration with Buttigieg's work as mayor of South Bend. 

Buttigieg's campaign quickly fired back, noting that Buttigieg's experience outside the "classic Washington-style of politics" is what voters want. 


Biden's attack ad came as Buttigieg emerged victorious after the chaotic Monday night Iowa caucuses. Biden is in dead heat for first place with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (I-Vt.), with both campaigns claiming victory. 

Biden came in fourth, behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.) in third. 

--Zack Budryk contributed to this report, which was updated at 10:53 a.m.