As the Nevada Democratic caucuses approach, and with the field of 2020 presidential contenders narrowing further, a few of the top candidates sought to make their voices heard Feb. 16 on the national television circuit.
Days ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dominated the New Hampshire primary election, snagging nine delegates each, with Sanders gaining the most votes. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was the only other candidate to win delegates, with six, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Buttigieg said on Feb. 16 that his campaign would be able to improve its standing with minority voting blocks in New Hampshire, and he made an apparent dig at billionaire Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $100 million so far.
“Weve seen how fluid it is. Of course, I dont have billions of dollars of my own money to pour into the airwaves,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Buttigieg said his campaign has over 100 organizers on the ground in New Hampshire. He was also asked about the high number of candidates competing for the moderate lane, which could split the moderate vote, leaving the nomination open to Sanders.
“I think thats what voters right now are in the process of settling,” he said. “We also cant do it by telling people that their only options are between a revolution and the status quo.”
Neither Sanders nor Warren appeared to be booked on any talk shows for Feb. 16. Sanders was scheduled to speak at a rally in Denver.
Meanwhile, Biden, following poor results in New Hampshire and Iowa, said on Feb. 16 that its too early to count him out, noting that he has wider support from the African American community, which is a significant proportion of South Carolinas Democratic electorate. South Carolina will hold its primary on Feb. 29.
“Im the only one who has the record and has the background and has the support. They know me,” Biden told NBCs “Meet The Press.” “They know who I am,” referring to African Americans.
An average of nationwide polling data aggregated by Real Clear Politics placed Sanders at the top with 23.6 percent of the vote. Behind him was Biden with 19.2 percent, followed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with 14.2 percent, Warren with 12.4 percent, and Buttigieg at 10.6 percent. The rest of the field polled in the single digits.
Klobuchar used some of her time on talk shows to criticize Bloombergs heavy spending in the election. Bloomberg has shot up in some of the nationwide polls in recent weeks.
“I dont think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys,” Klobuchar said on CNNs “State of the Union.” “I know Im not going to be able to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage.”
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