President-elect Joe Biden is so confident in his nomination of Pete Buttigieg for Secretary of Transportation that his transition team has gone as far as deleting Biden campaign ads from this year that mocked Buttigieg’s lack of experience.
The ad, titled “Pete’s Record,” compared Biden’s accomplishments to Buttigieg’s, saying, “Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Buttigieg have taken on tough fights. Under threat of nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal, and under the threat of disappearing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners.”
The sarcasm continued: “Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Pete have helped shape our economy. Joe Biden helped save the auto industry, which revitalized the economy of the Midwest and led the passage and implementation of the Recovery Act, saving our economy from a depression. Pete Buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying out decorative brick.”
The ad ran on Facebook and YouTube just days after Joe Biden finished in fourth place and Buttigieg won the Iowa caucus. The 38-year-old Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020. South Bend has a population of about 100,000.
With Buttigieg’s résumé identical to what it was back in February, Biden sang Buttigieg’s praises this time around. “A mayor from the heartland, a management expert, a policy wonk with a big heart, a veteran, a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, an intelligence officer deployed to Afghanistan while he was mayor. A new voice with new ideas, determined to move past old politics,” Biden said proudly on Wednesday.
Now that the ad has been deleted, all appears to be forgiven between the two Democrats. If for any reason the Biden campaign would ever need to revive the old ad, though, there’s probably a good chance that Hunter Biden has it stored on a laptop somewhere.