Buttigieg jokes about crowded Democratic field: 'We might as well carpool'

South Bend Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) joked Saturday about the sizable 2020 Democratic primary field, quipping that he and his fellow primary contenders “might as well carpool.”

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Buttigieg made the joke at a campaign event in Iowa, the site of the first caucuses of the 2020 primary, where he told a crowd in Des Moines that the Democrats “might as well carpool” as they travel around the early primary states, CNN reported.


“You would be surprised how often we are in dialogue with each other,” Buttigieg added. “And as these cattle calls pick up we are going to get to know each other better and better.”

Buttigieg also said during the event that he hopes the party will unify after the primaries end, telling his audience that he didn’t see it “as having opponents so much as competitors.”

The South Bend mayor registered at 9 points in an Economist/YouGov survey this week, ahead of much of his competition in the Democratic primary. Still, he trails behind frontrunners including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), and has in recent weeks fallen behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.).

Other presidential contenders, including Biden, have joked about the size of the Democratic presidential primary, which now hosts 24 hopefuls.

“There’s a lot of people who are qualified and decent and running,” Biden quipped at a campaign event last month. “And I think it’s one heck of a field, although I never anticipated there’d be 300 people running.”

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