'Getting tremendous response for my message' in Iowa: Buttigieg

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'Getting tremendous response for my message' in Iowa: Buttigieg originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on his second bus tour through Iowa, is pitching his message of hope as he continues criss-crosses the early-voting state this weekend.

Buttigieg who is still in a crowded field of over a dozen Democratic competitors, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, "I'm proud to be part of the most diverse field I think ever in in Democratic presidential politics and some formidable competition."

On the bus in Dubuque, Iowa Buttigieg told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that his surge in the polls is a result of voters getting to know him and his campaign.

"There's an amazing energy behind our campaign right now we're seeing it on the ground here in Iowa, we're seeing it pick up in a lot of places, and I think voters are really narrowing down their choices and instead of just getting to know us now they're really making up their minds and we're getting tremendous response for my message of folds changes that we can also get together, my campaign is based on the idea."

Buttigeg told reporters on Saturday that his message at the Liberty Justice dinner connected with people. Compared to the early days of his campaign, the Midwestern mayor said he senses a new energy.

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Less than 100 days until the Iowa caucus, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds Buttigieg in fourth place, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration at the Wells Fargo Arena on November 01, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration at the Wells Fargo Arena on November 01, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Liberty and Justice Celebration at the Wells Fargo Arena on November 01, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

"I can sense that there's just a different energy right now. I think early on Iowans were just getting to know us; now I think folks are making decisions," Buttigieg said. "And I can tell that the image I'm asking people to think about, that question of the day after -- and not just how do we end the administration, but what comes next -- was really resonating with people."

(MORE: Roughly 100 days out from caucuses, Democratic presidential hopefuls flock to Iowa)

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Buttigieg's message to Iowans is registering. Once an unknown, long-shot candidate in the 2020 Democratic field, Buttigieg is now soaring in Iowa polls. A New York Times/Sienna College poll released this week shows him in third place with 18% support among caucus-goers, just 4% off Warren, the top choice.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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