Mika Brzezinski: Buttigieg's 'age and experience' may explain fade in Iowa poll

Mika Brzezinski: Buttigieg's 'age and experience' may explain fade in Iowa poll
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MSNBC's Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiBiden to CBS reporter: 'Why, why, why, why, why?' Brzezinski on Sanders-Warren: Someone isn't telling the truth Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' MORE argued Monday morning that Democratic White House hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party MORE's "age and experience" may raise doubts in the minds of voters who are "done" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE, or "never were with Trump," particularly focusing on handling a crisis abroad, such as the current tension with Iran.

“Even though in many ways those who have studied him closely might find him to be tremendously qualified and maybe more qualified than most candidates in terms of knowledge, but he’s 37? Is he 37? His age?” Brzezinski, a staunch supporter of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE, asked.

“37. Mayor of the fourth largest city [in Indiana]," confirmed The Associated Press's Jonathan Lemire.

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The discussion on "Morning Joe" came during a discussion of the former South Bend, Ind., mayor's sharp drop in a recent Des Moines Register/CNN poll that showed Buttigieg at 16 percent, which is 9 points lower than a survey taken in November. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.) now leads in the Iowa poll with 20 percent support, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) at 17 percent.

"In the middle of this Iran crisis, I think people ultimately are not really looking at who he’s married to," Brzezinski added, referring to the fact that Buttigieg is the only openly gay candidate in the 2020 Democratic field. "Looking at age and they — just at this point, if you’re done with Trump, or you never were with Trump, you don’t want to make another mistake again. I think age plays into that. Age and experience.”

Buttigieg currently sits at 7.7 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, which places him more than 20 points behind the front-runner, Biden, who has 29.3 percent support.

Sanders and Warren are second and third at 20.3 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.

Iowa is seen by some political observers as Buttigieg's best shot of winning among the early voting states.

The Hill has requested comment from Buttigieg's campaign.