Speed Reads

2020 Campaign

Biden dares Buttigieg to call Obama administration a 'failure'

Former Vice President Joe Biden got candid on Wednesday in New Hampshire.

He admitted to his supporters that his campaign "took a gut punch" in Iowa, as results — which are incomplete and preliminary — have him in fourth place. He wasn't completely pessimistic, though, pointing out he's taken similar hits before (for what it's worth, he never recovered from his Iowa struggles in past presidential bids) and that he's staying in the race regardless.

He also went after former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who looks like he has a good shot at emerging victorious once the dust finally settles in Iowa. Buttigieg had earlier described Biden as a member of the "old failed Washington," which prompted Biden to dare his younger competitor to take his criticism a step further and direct it at former President Barack Obama. Buttigieg so far hasn't taken up the offer.

Biden wasn't done there. He kept on the offensive and also targeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who he said would bind all Democrats to the Democratic-Socialist label should the party nominate the senator.