Buttigieg: 'We've outlived the flavor of the month period'

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) told CNN Tuesday that his insurgent presidential campaign has “outlived the flavor of the month period.”

Buttigieg said while his CNN town hall in March was a major turning point in his campaign, he was encouraged by the fact that “what I had to say that night wasn’t that different from what I’d been saying all along.” The 37-year-old added he was surprised by the speed of his rise in the polls, saying the campaign had been content with “patiently building an organization.”




“You want to make sure you’re not regarded as a flash in the pan, but I think the fact we’ve been at this more than a month, so we’ve outlived the flavor of the month period,” Buttigieg said. “Now comes the sometimes unglamorous work of building out those early state organizations, building the fundraising, doing the grass-roots volunteer organizing that will power us all the way through into next year.”

Buttigieg, who faced low name recognition and an already-crowded field when he first announced his candidacy earlier this year, has surged to third place in several state and national polls, behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE. Biden has not yet announced a run, and a nationwide poll released this week indicated Buttigieg would be the second choice of 17 percent of current Biden supporters.

Buttigieg raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, with his donors including conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s son James and actors Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore.

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