‘This guy’s not a Barack Obama’: Biden mocks Buttigieg over ‘politics of the past’ criticism

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Joe Biden defended his offensive against Pete Buttigieg, denying he was encouraging a circular firing squad around his 2020 Democratic presidential rival.

“When you get attacked, you’ve got to respond,” Biden, 77, told reporters in Manchester on Saturday to what he categorized as a barrage of shots directed his way this cycle.

The former vice president claimed he had “never been very comfortable attacking someone else,” but said he felt cornered because reporters and political commentators judge candidates “on how much fire” they display on the campaign trail.

Yet, he reiterated his scrutiny of Buttigieg’s past comments
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