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 ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt 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 StephanopoulosPelosi: Presidents should not 'fuel the flame' National security adviser defends Trump tweets: The president 'wants to de-escalate violence' Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE with a slight lead at 20 percent, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (I-Vt.) with 18 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Mass.) and Buttigieg with 17 percent each.