Pete Buttigieg has announced he has suspended his presidential campaign on Sunday night in South Bend, Indiana.
Pete Buttigieg’s decision to drop out of the race comes after former Vice President Joe Biden won a crushing victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
“Today is a moment of truth,” Buttigieg said from South Bend, Indiana, where he served as mayor for two terms. “The truth is the path has narrowed to a close, for our candidacy, if not for our cause.”
Buttigieg said he had a responsibility for considering “the effect of remaining in this race any further.”
“Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to help defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values. And so we must recognize that at this point in the race the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together,” he said.
‘It’s so good to be in South Bend. Sometimes the longest way around really is the shortest way home. Here we are,’ Buttigieg told the crowd.
‘We got into this race for a reason. We got into this race in order to defeat the current president and in order to usher in a new kind of politics.
‘And that meant guiding our campaign by the values we like to call the rules of the road. One of those values is truth. And today is a moment of truth.”
‘After a year of going everywhere, meeting everyone, defying every expectation, seeking every vote, the truth is that the path has narrowed to a close. For our candidacy if not for our cause. ‘
‘We have a responsibility to consider the effect of remaining in this race any further. Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values. “
‘And so we must recognize that at this point in the race the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together. “
‘So tonight I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency. I will no longer seek to be the 2020 democratic nominee for president.”
‘But I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January.’
Biden’s renewed momentum would make it difficult for Buttigieg to win over moderate voters moving forward into Super Tuesday. It also caused some financing trouble: In the wake of Biden’s victory, bundlers working for his campaign were able to lure some donors who had been backing Buttigieg, CNBC reported.
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