Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, a clash of strategies

Pete Buttigieg at a meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, on February 9.
Pete Buttigieg at a meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, on February 9. Mary Altaffer / AP

The passion is old in the meetings of Bernie Sanders, who already mobilized crowds far more enthusiastic than his rival, Hillary Clinton, four years ago. This passion is new, however, in the public meetings of Pete Buttigieg. The former mayor of a small Indiana town, South Bend, who led the delegates in Iowa caucuses, according to provisional results, broke his record Sunday morning February 9 in Nashua, New Hampshire. More than 1,800 people came to hear the feeling of the start of the nomination contest.

On the eve of the primary of February 11, the gymnasium of a university of Dover was also well filled in the afternoon of that same day to hear the same candidate hammering positions which are part of a campaign strategy diametrically opposed to that of the dean of the nomination contest.

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The slide to the left of the Democratic Party under the impetus of Bernie Sanders, since the bitter defeat of 2016, means that the former mayor defends, like the overwhelming majority of the democratic candidates of 2020, proposals far more to the left than those supported in his time by Barack Obama. The age and personality of Pete Buttigieg, the first homosexual to run for president, also allows him to embody generational change better than anyone.

Tackling the federal deficit "from a left perspective"

In a state where independents can participate in the Democratic primary, a potential source of votes, the former mayor emphasized on Sunday the realism of his proposals, surprised that his rival in Vermont is not able to 'explain from the start of the nomination race how his universal health insurance system would be funded.

In the same spirit, he devoted part of his speech by Dover to the need to fight the federal deficit. " From a left perspective ", He assured," because paying interest is less money for social or infrastructure ". This theme, also raised by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, is part of the plan for a coalition of Democrats, independents and " future former republicans Wide enough to take advantage of Donald Trump’s solid conservative electoral base. A coalition which he opposes to the " all or nothing "According to him, Bernie Sanders who would suggest if the only alternative between" the revolution and the status quo ".


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