California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are the most formidable of the two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, according to Anthony Scaramucci.

Harris is a “very gifted person ... she has a very good track record to run on,” Scaramucci told Cheddar on Tuesday, noting the she has the ability to rebuild the coalition of voters that elected President Obama.

Better known as the Mooch, Scaramucci also praised Buttigieg’s calculated approach to politics and his sober responses to attacks from President Trump.

Buttigieg has “never once taken President Trump’s bait,” Scaramucci said. “The more successful way to counteract some of the president’s media onslaught and his deft skills at criticizing people is not necessarily go in the mud with him.”

He said that a presidential ticket with Harris and Buttigieg — or Buttigieg and Harris — was a winning strategy. “I’m not a democratic strategist but I would go in that direction,” he said.

Scaramucci is a prominent New York investment banker and the founder of Skybridge Capital. He also served a brief stint as White House Communications Director in 2017, which gave him what he called an “11-day PhD” on Washington culture. His tenure was cut extremely short after he gave an interview to The New Yorker in which he criticized other members of the administration with expletives and derogatory language.

Scaramucci added that Democrats do better in elections with younger nominees — a reality that does not bode well for former Vice President Joe Biden despite his strong polling numbers.

“If they go with Joe Biden … the president will be able to run against his 50 years of sedimentary record inside the Washington establishment,” he said.

Scaramucci also lauded Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s fundraising capabilities and impressive staffing in key states, but predicted that she would lose in a general election against Trump.

“She just has the wrong ideas and the wrong policy solutions for where the American people are right now,” he said.

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