According to a forthcoming book, candidate Joe Biden reluctantly acknowledged his then primary rival Pete Battigieg’s record as mayor of South Bend, according to an upcoming book.
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book “Peril” explains how Biden’s fight in the Democratic presidential primary in early 2020 put together a new attack ad “Pete’s Record” This contrasts with Bidenig’s experience as vice president with Buttigieg’s experience as mayor of a small town.
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Ironically, the ad says that both candidates have “embarked on tough battles.”
“Under the threat of nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped negotiate the Iran deal,” the ad said before the music was fired. “And under the threat of disappearing pets, Pete Buttigieg negotiated lighter license rules on pet chip scanners.”
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Buttigieg likened the adoption of decorative bricks with Biden’s attempt to save the economy after the 2008 financial crisis.
While the campaign was struggling for money, Woodward correspondent adviser Mike Donilon argued that it needed to be released to the media and YouTube so it could be taken.
“I hate it,” Biden said, but agreed to release it.
The attack’s ad showed frustration from Biden, and it has to face criticism as a sarcastic, dirty hit. But “Peril” Biden describes how he changed his mind about the release just six hours later.
“Take it out,” he told Donilon. “Hold it back. I don’t like airing anymore. Put down!”
But it was too late, and it was already picked up by the media.
Biden is recovering from his primary collapse, winning the nomination months later.
Buttigieg eventually quit the race, endorsed Biden, and was later nominated for the post of Transport Secretary by the new president – where he currently serves.