Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) will “most likely” be the person Democrats pick as their 2020 Presidential nominee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday, but he believes South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg may also be a “dangerous opponent” against President Donald Trump.
“She’s very articulate and I think a likable person, and I think that she represents a new generation in a way that [Joe] Biden and [Bernie] Sanders are going to work very hard to be able to match,” Speaker Gingrich said.
He added that Harris’ California base and her personal likability as the assets that will make her a serious contender,
Both Messrs Biden and Sanders have more national name recognition, but the Democratic Party now stands too far left to pick either 1, Speaker Gingrich added.
“It is also open to newer faces in a way that I think Sanders has a hard time coping with,” he said.
Small town, openly Gay Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, though, may also post a challenge, comparing him to former President Jimmy Carter.
“He’s from the Midwest, he is a Mayor of a small town, he has no particular public record, he can be like Jimmy Carter used to be, a Rorschach test, you can paint on him what you want,” Speaker Gingrich said.
However, he said he thinks Mr. Buttigieg, whose poll numbers have been steadily climbing, “probably will have a hard time getting through the process.”