Mayor vs. mayor: Buttigieg says of de Blasio joining race, 'the more the merrier'

David Caplan
May 16, 2019 - 4:08 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio's entry into the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls -- there is 23 now -- pits him against another mayor, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg, an openly gay Afghanistan veteran and Rhodes Scholar, is also the only millenial running. He's 37, while de Blasio is more than twenty years older than him.

Buttigieg has also been rising in polls recently, being among the top 5 or even 3, depending on the poll. When de Blasio has been mentioned in polls, he hasn't scored as well:  In a recent Quinnipiac poll, for example, just 21 percent of New York City Democrats wanted him to run for president. The vast majority, 73%, did not. 

"It was crowded when I got in, so I think the more the merrier," Buttigieg said Thursday of de Blasio's entry into the race. "I think this is a good moment for mayors to be stepping up."

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