Loebsack Endorses Buttigieg for President

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Representative Dave Loebsack speaks to the massive crowd on the pedmall. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. -- photo by Zak Neumann.

Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president on Sunday, three weeks ahead of the Iowa Caucuses.

“Pete offers a new kind of leadership that we desperately need; he’s a midwestern mayor, a veteran, and is from a new generation,” Loebsack said. “Iowans and our country face great challenges like climate change, increasing health care costs, and an economy that isn’t working for the majority of Americans. They can’t be solved with the same political warfare that is on display in Washington.

“Pete is the candidate that can heal our divides, restore decency to the presidency, and bring this country together…With Pete in the Oval Office, I believe our nation will unite and move forward together.”

Loebsack, who’s in his seventh term as Iowa’s second district representative, will retire when his term expires after this year. He introduced Buttigieg at a town hall in Mount Vernon last month, and will do so again tonight at an event in Des Moines. In a statement, the South Bend, Indiana mayor said he valued Loebsack’s endorsement.

“As an educator and a public servant, Dave Loebsack has dedicated his life’s work to creating opportunities and making life better for Iowans. Congressman Loebsack has never let the partisan fighting in Washington get in the way of delivering on the priorities of his constituents,” said Buttigieg. “I am honored to have Congressman Loebsack’s endorsement, and I look forward to him joining me on the trail to work together to heal the deep divisions in this country while also addressing the most urgent issues facing us.”

Last week’s CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers shows Buttigieg remains in a tight race with Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg registered 16% in the poll, with Sanders leading at 20%, Warren holding 17% and Biden polling 15%. Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang are still on the fringes, with 6% and 5 % respectively, and about 12% of voters still don’t have a top choice.

The Iowa Caucuses take place Monday, February 3rd.

 

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