Buttigieg: 'We certainly need to have a strong finish here in Iowa'

Buttigieg: 'We certainly need to have a strong finish here in Iowa'
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Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE said on Sunday that his presidential campaign needs a “strong finish” in the Iowa caucuses on Monday in order to obtain the Democratic nomination.

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“We certainly need to have a strong finish here in Iowa,” Buttigieg responded.

Buttigieg added that he thinks voters comprehend that the 2020 Democratic candidates “share largely similar values and are focused more than anything else that we have the nominee to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE.”

“I believe I have the campaign best positioned to do that, the message best positioned to do that,” he said.

The former mayor said the first chance to prove he has the “best-positioned” campaign and message is to turn people out for the Iowa caucuses and make “sure we leave it all on the field.” 

“Tomorrow is going to be a big night, and it will propel us into the states ahead,” he said.

Buttigieg is one of four candidates in a tight race to win the state’s caucuses.

A Friday poll by Park Street Strategies found former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE with a slight lead at 20 percent, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) with 18 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) and Buttigieg with 17 percent each.