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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is set to go on stage in a Fox News town hall with Chris Wallace in Des Moines, Iowa, at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, with only days until the ” do-or-die-first-held-in-the-nation-group meetings, on Feb. 3.
It is the Democrats of the second appearance on Fox News, the town hall, after President Trump took over and pitched a series of tax increases in a New Hampshire event last may. The stakes are higher this time, as Buttigieg increasing survey have created values in Iowa — and warning signs in the future primary States-that have both high expectations and little room for error.
“I’m not sure, a victory is necessary, but he must think of would be in the first two, I have to move to have a chance,” said Joe Trippi, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign manager.
“He has to beat Biden in Iowa, this is going in a serious way,” said David Axelrod, an architect of President Obama’s 2008 victory. “The title race has always been, he is classified as a younger, more modern, more robust alternative to [Joe] Biden in the middle-left. If Biden is not better than he, the predicate is destroyed.”
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The Hyper-partisan nature of the electorate has its own challenge. In an E-Mail to supporters this week, Lis Smith, Buttigieg, senior communications advisor, offered a lengthy explanation of why the 38-year-old former South Bend, Ind., The mayor was appearing on Fox News. Other candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have avoided, the network and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is excluded Fox News from hosting one of his presidential primary debates.
“We can’t play, sure. We can’t write to afford to, from the voters, the” Smith ‘ s E-Mail read. “Pete, broke through with his CNN town hall last March, and even had Donald Trump, who attack him after his Fox News town hall dominates the national dialogue.”
Pete Buttigieg speaks at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskár)
This weekend, fellow presidential candidate Andrew Yang to ensure that the approach in Iowa. “One thing I think the Democrats should do that, I think we should go on Fox News and talk to the American people,” Yang said. “How do you win an election, and not bring the country, if you are talking literally 40 or 50 percent of the population?”
Yang added: “This is something that I would say that is critical of the DNC. It was a decision early in the process, where Fox News said, ‘We want to host a DNC debate.’ And for me, if the DNC, you jump on that. They’re like, ‘Let me show, my candidates are people that generally watch Fox News.’ But the DNC refused! I was like, ‘What are you doing?'”
Iowa has snares, the unique opportunities and potential for Buttigieg campaign. A New York Times/Siena College poll showed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in front of Buttigieg with eight points and Biden by nine points — a narrow gap on the second place, the grants Buttigieg is an opportunity to make a splash. Sanders pulled ahead in New Hampshire, as well, though, may signal that the progressives wanted, has promised radical change as Buttigieg.
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In addition, Sanders and Warren could take a disappointing Iowa ends after New Hampshire, where they had regional followings, and try to, in effect, the first competition quickly pick up. Sanders and Warren also had more online donors — Warren less-who could support you through any setbacks.
Buttigieg has.the respondents is very low among African-American voters, the primary is likely to be around two-thirds of the voters in South Carolina
However, Buttigieg is also pretty good in New Hampshire, and campaign aides said a top finish in Iowa could slingshot Buttigieg and would lead to a competitive New Hampshire.
During the half-dozen have got strategists, top-tier Democrats in Iowa not said Buttigieg, in order to win, some said, finishing behind Biden, that would be trouble.
“If Buttigieg can beat Biden, and [Amy] Klobuchar, it puts him a genuine alternative to Sanders and Warren,” the two most progressive candidates in the “top tier,” said Jennifer Psaki, an Obama campaign alum, served in the White house and State Department. “That’s the key for him to move forward.”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser in Des Moines, Iowa, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.