The accidental rivals: Buttigieg and Sanders face-off in fight neither saw coming

“I respect Senator Sanders,” Buttigieg said in Salem. “But in a moment like this, when the message goes out that you’re either for a revolution or you must be for the status quo, most of us don’t know where we fit, and would rather be part of a movement that makes room for all of us. This is a moment to come together.”

It’s a message Buttigieg re-upped in another fundraising email on Monday, when he blasted Sanders for pushing “the kind of my-way-or-the-highway politics that’s polarized the country.” Sanders, at an event in Manchester that morning, dug into Buttigieg again.

“Even in the newspapers today, you can see candidates conferring with their donors,” Sanders said, before directly addressing his supporters. “You are my donors. We don’t go to rich peoples’ homes and get advice from millionaires and billionaires who are raising all kinds of money.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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