Nov 18, 2019

Buttigieg campaign apologizes for using stock photo of Kenyan woman

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Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign on Monday apologized and removed from its website a stock photo of a Kenyan woman that it used to promote the mayor's "Douglass Plan" to fight racial inequality in America, the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: Sean Savett, communications director for the Buttigieg campaign, said a contractor running the website chose the photo not knowing it had been captured in Kenya.

  • Savett said the use of stock photos "is standard practice across many campaigns" and that there was nothing indicating that the photo was taken in Kenya.
  • "We apologize for its use and for the confusion it created," Savett wrote on Twitter.
  • The Intercept's Ryan Grim said the woman in the photograph contacted him confused, asking: "What's the meaning of the message accompanied by the photo? Have no idea of what's happening."

The big picture: While Buttigieg has soared in recent Iowa polls, he has struggled to draw support from black voters and is hovering around 1% in South Carolina, an early voting state with a significant African American population. His primary moderate rival Joe Biden is polling the highest out of any candidate among black voters.

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Trump campaign attacks Buttigieg during Democratic debate

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The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and "Black Voices for Trump" sent coordinated mass emails during the Democratic debate Wednesday attacking Mayor Pete Buttigieg for his record on race and policing in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.

Why it matters: As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported on Sunday, top Republicans are taking Buttigieg seriously as a potential general election candidate after his breakout poll in Iowa and his rise in New Hampshire. Several top Trump advisers have raised concerns that Buttigieg is more talented than Joe Biden and that he will be harder to brand as a leftist radical than Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.

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Buttigieg to face frontrunner scrutiny after surprise Iowa poll

Pete Buttigieg, Rochester, New Hampshire, Nov. 11. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Top Republicans are taking Pete Buttigieg seriously as a potential general election candidate after his breakout poll in Iowa. The respected Des Moines Register poll, released Saturday night, has Buttigieg at the top of the Democratic pack in Iowa.

What they're saying: "He'd be a fresh face with a message of unity and a more traditional Democratic program that's not as scary to suburbanites," Karl Rove told me. "His weaknesses would be in motivating African Americans and connecting with blue-collar middle America that's dubious of any Harvard-educated elites."

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Debate night: Buttigieg says he welcomes the challenge of attracting black voters

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg acknowledged his struggle with black voters at the 5th Democratic debate Wednesday, saying that he welcomes "the challenge" and relates to the fight for civil rights through his experience as a gay man.

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