CNN reports, after quitting the race, Pete Buttigieg is weighing whether to endorse Joe Biden after exiting the Democratic presidential race late Sunday night and later speaking on the phone with the former vice president and former President Barack Obama.
An endorsement for Biden is likely, two people close to Buttigieg say, but whether he makes the decision before Super Tuesday is unclear.
While Buttigieg spent the final weeks of his campaign focused on taking on front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former mayor did focus his attacks on Biden at different points in the campaign and Biden directed his share of criticism toward Buttigieg, who he was competing against for the moderate wing of the party.
According to Politico, Buttigieg’s decision to abandon his presidential run has opened up a new phase in the contest, in which the remaining candidates that are not named Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are going to be under tremendous pressure to end their campaigns.
Per the WashingtonExaminer, Pete Buttigieg is considering an endorsement of Joe Biden after talking to former President Barack Obama and dropping out of the presidential race.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, dropped out of the contest on Sunday. A Democratic official told the New York Times that the decision was made after Buttigieg spoke with Biden and Obama on Sunday night.
The source said Obama did not encourage Buttigieg to endorse any specific candidate but told the former mayor he holds significant influence and should take that into account before throwing his support behind somebody.
During the conversation with Biden, the former vice president asked Buttigieg to support his campaign, and the former mayor said he would consider it. Buttigieg told aides he would sleep on it.
Buttigieg, who was the first openly gay major presidential candidate, appeared to take swipes at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist, during his speech Sunday night as he announced the end of his campaign.
“We need leadership to heal a divided nation, not drive us further apart,” he said. “We need a broad-based agenda that can truly deliver for the American people, not one that gets lost in ideology.”