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 ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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.

ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race Carson declines to 'preview' plan for virus-stricken ship's docking: 'We shouldn't have 16 people saying what the plan is' Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson endorses Sanders MORE asked Buttigieg on “This Week” Sunday if the former South Bend, Ind. mayor  needs to place in the top three in Iowa “to be viable for the nomination."

“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 TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE.”

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

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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 leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE with a slight lead at 20 percent, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) with 18 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) and Buttigieg with 17 percent each.