A campaign ad released by then-candidate for president Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election that targeted former South Bend mayor and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for his inexperience has resurfaced as the former small-town mayor deals with a growing number of crises.
An advertisement released on February 8, 2020, just days after the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, shows that Biden’s campaign was slamming Buttigieg for his inexperience. The video was deleted in December 2020 after Biden announced that he would make the inexperienced mayor as head Transportation Department.
“When President Obama called on him, Joe Biden helped lead the passage of the Affordable Care Act which gave health care to 20 million people,” the now-deleted ad stated, reports Fox News. “And when parkgoers called on Pete Buttigieg, he installed decorative lights under bridges, giving citizens of South Bend colorfully illuminated rivers.”
“Joe Biden helped save the auto industry which revitalized the economy of the Midwest and led the passage and implementation of the Recovery Act, saving our economy from a depression,” it continued. “Pete Buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying out decorative brick.”
Joe Biden warned us.
His campaign nuked Mayor Pete for his lack of experience.
"When park goers called on Pete Buttigieg, he installed decorative lights under bridges giving citizens… colorfully illuminated rivers… [& he laid] out decorative brick." pic.twitter.com/C0omiuXKPl
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 4, 2023
It also accuses Buttigieg of racial insensitivity by noting that he had fired the town of South Bend’s first African-American police chief, and forced out the city’s African-American fire chief.
“We’re electing a president,” the ad said. “What you’ve done matters.”
Biden would later say that Buttigieg “speaks to the best of who we are as a nation” after selecting him to be the transportation secretary. “I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because he’s equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.”
Republican communicator Matt Whitlock slammed Biden for the ad, posting “Regular reminder that before he named him as Transportation Secretary, Joe Biden mocked Mayor Pete for his inexperience, noting that one of his greatest accomplishments was installing twinkly lights under bridges. Probably should’ve listened to his own ads.”
“This was one of the most devastating ads of the Dem Primary,” Whitlock tweeted. “And a huge indictment of the Biden team’s decision to name Pete a Cabinet Secretary.”