Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg seemed to have his own Jeb Bush-style "please clap" moment during an Iowa campaign event this week.
Buttigieg, who is former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, faced an uncomfortable silence during a Tuesday night campaign event. It was reminiscent of a 2016 campaign event when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) urged his supporters to "please clap."
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Putting in face time with Iowa voters on Tuesday, Buttigieg told the crowd that he would serve America as president "by having better hands guided by better values on those pulleys and levers of American government."
"So I'm going to look to you to spread that sense of hope to those that you know!" he concluded.
Buttigieg paused, clearly anticipating applause, and when it did not come, responded by laughing and saying, "Come on!"
Those in attendance at the event obliged and did end up clapping for the 38-year-old presidential candidate.
The New York Times reports that Buttigieg has been pitching himself to voters as the next Obama.
Iowa votes in their caucuses on Feb. 3.
Buttigieg pleads with silent crowd in Iowa to cheer for him: “come on” https://t.co/7HA2Tj2AKS— Mike Joyce (@Mike Joyce)1579636081.0
At the time of this writing, Buttigieg's fellow Democratic candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Bennet are serving in Washington, D.C., awaiting a vote for President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
According to Politico, Buttigieg is in third place in Iowa, polling at just 16%.
The poll, conducted by Focus on Rural America, found that former Vice President Joe Biden is polling at 24%, ahead of Warren with 18%. Buttigieg is ahead of Sanders, who is polling at 14%, with Klobuchar polling at 11%.
Focus on Rural America's survey focused on 500 likely 2020 caucus-goers, and was conducted Jan. 15-18. The poll had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
You can read more about the results here.