Joe Biden launched an attack ad making fun of Pete Buttigieg for being a small-town mayor tasked with tracking down pets and revitalizing sidewalks

Joe Biden launched an attack ad making fun of Pete Buttigieg for being a small-town mayor tasked with tracking down pets and revitalizing sidewalks


  • Joe Biden launched a scathing attack advertisement on Pete Buttigieg that made fun of the mayor’s relatively small achievements in South Bend, Indiana, rather than Biden’s influence on national policy.
  • The previous Vice President’s digital director tweeted that the advertisement, which pointed out Buttigieg’s “vanishing family pets” initiatives and pathway revitalization, had more views than South Bend citizens.
  • Buttigieg’s team quickly reacted that “South Bend citizens […] do not believe their lives are a Washington political leader’s punchline,” and attacked Biden’s current position in the main race.
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Joe Bidens’ campaign launched a snarky attack ad about Pete Buttigieg and his accomplishments as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as compared to the former Vice President’s record on national policy.

” Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg have actually handled difficult battles,” the advertisement voiceover states. “Under threat of a nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal. And under risk of vanishing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners.

— Joe Biden (Text Sign Up With to 30330) (@JoeBiden) February 8, 2020

The ad also compared Biden’s function in passing the Affordable Care Act to Buttigieg setting up decorative lights under bridges, along with Biden’s passage and application of the Recovery Act to Buttigieg revitalizing sidewalks. It also targeted Buttigieg’s highly-criticized record on race in South Bend.

” When public pressure mounted against him, previous Mayor Pete fired the very first African American Authorities Chief of South Bend,” the ad states. “And then he dislodged the African American fire chief too.”

Biden’s digital director captioned the ad “This video now has more views than the population of South Bend.”

— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) February 8, 2020

Buttigieg’s team rapidly reacted with a counterclaim that slammed the advertisement’s concentrate on big government.

” While Washington politics trivializes what goes on in neighborhoods like South Bend, South Bend homeowners who now have much better jobs, increasing income, and new life in their city do not believe their lives are a Washington political leader’s punchline,” the Buttigieg response reads.

— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) February 8, 2020

It also appears to slam Biden’s loss to Buttigieg in the Iowa caucus, stating “The Vice President’s decision to run this advertisement speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s point of view as a mayor and veteran.”