Des Moines, UNITED STATES
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the seventh...
PETE BUTTIGIEG: In a different debate, the 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, might have been the top target of the evening. He has surprised - and at times annoyed - his rivals with his staying power. Polls show him a major player in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the two early voting states. His lack of political experience and his lack of support from voters of color remain significant weakness, but both went largely unremarked upon on Tuesday. At one point, Klobuchar was given an opportunity to take a shot at Buttigieg's record and let it pass. For his part, Buttigieg did what he has done at most debates: provide solid, if slightly wonky, answers to every question. He, more than anyone in the race, may benefit from being able to campaign while the U.S. senators in the race return to Washington for Trump's impeachment trial. Bottom line: Buttigieg got a pass.
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