President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team appeared to be deleting an old campaign ad criticizing Pete Buttigieg for his lack of experience – after the former Indiana mayor was named transportation secretary, according to a report.
The ad ran ahead of the New Hampshire primary in February and contrasted Biden’s long career as senator and vice president of the Obama administration with Buttigieg’s time as mayor of South Bend, Indiana – a town of 100,000, Fox News reported.
“We’re electing a president. What you’ve done is important,” the spokesman said in the ad.
The ad ran on Facebook and YouTube on February 8, and came days after Buttigieg won the Iowa Caucuses and Biden finished fourth.
Buttigieg’s campaign at the time struck back, calling it “classic Washington-style politics”.
The YouTube link now says that the video is not available and has been removed by the uploader.
When Biden spoke in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, he adopted a completely different tone, calling his former rival “one of the smartest people you will ever meet and one of the most humble”.
“A heartland mayor, a management expert, a big-hearted politician, a veteran, a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, an intelligence officer posted to Afghanistan as mayor. A new voice with new ideas, determined to get past the old politics, ”enthused Biden.
Buttigieg was eliminated from the presidential race on March 1 after a poor graduation from elementary school in South Carolina.
He approved of Biden the next day.
According to a 2019 report by the Indiana Department of Transportation, South Bend’s transit system carries around 4,300 people a day and consists of 66 buses.