Pete Buttigieg, the little-known IN mayor who has risen to prominence IN the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country.
Jessica Fujimori flew in all the way from Boston to see Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
As mayor of South Bend since 2012, he has presided over an economic turnaround that has brought new investment into the struggling northwestern IN industrial town, an achievement likely to be a central plank of his presidential campaign. Buttigieg announced his run for president of the United States in 2020.
"My name is Pete Buttigieg They call me Mayor Pete", he said during a rally in South Bend.
The crowd responded with over one minute of applause, drowning out the sound of the rain on the tin roof.
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Buttigieg: The mayor has crisscrossed the country looking to seize on the boost he received from a well-reviewed CNN town hall in early March, hopscotching between early nominating states and a string of fundraisers in Democratic strongholds like San Francisco, Chicago and NY.
"I wrote a best-selling book", he declared.
One of them was Ashley Pawlowski, 34, a self-described independent from South Bend who works at a local nonprofit. While South Bend is known as the home of the University of Notre Dame, which technically is located just outside city limits, Buttigieg's presidential announcement was held in the Studebaker Building 84, near police headquarters, railroad tracks and the city's remodeled minor league baseball stadium.
Hewitt's parents kept her in the loop and she made a decision to give another chance to the city led by Democratic mayor Pete Buttigieg.
"Not being a billionaire, not having investments in Saudi Arabia, wherever he has investments, all over the world, mine will be a little bit more boring", Mr. Sanders added.
Buttigieg defined freedom as the ability of an individual to choose the life they want to live and advocated the ability of government to both provide and deny that freedom to its citizens.More news: Uber sets IPO in motion, seeks to 'ignite opportunity'
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"He really inspires us and we're really excited", Jessica Fujimori said.
While expressing their excitement over Buttigieg's candidacy, activists in China say there is a scarcity of Chinese-language information on him. Buttigieg addressed these concerns and the policy that has emerged from them, denouncing policies such as the separation of families at the southern border.
A senior aide says he will focus on two key topics: The need for generational change in the country and the argument that he is an entirely different political figure at a time when the American people are looking for something different in their politics.
"If (Buttigieg) gets elected, it would undoubtedly have a very positive effect on us", he said, adding his site would like to translate and share more articles on the candidate.
"These words make me very, very happy".
"Our economy is on the line, our future is on the line, lives are on the line", he said.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will unveil a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential election by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance.
Buttigieg is the first serious presidential contender who is openly gay, and the atmosphere around his speech was infused with the exuberance and anguish that has characterized the recent history of the LGBTQ rights movement.
"We can't say it's much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime the electoral college has overruled the American people", Buttigieg said. "I don't have a problem with religion", he told Ellen DeGeneres.
The changing nature of politics is not lost on Buttigieg.
Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa tweeted this photo from up above, which shows the packed crowd and the media lined up in the back and the American flag hanging below a Pete for American sign. We started with just about 20,000 people on our email list, and not many people even knew who I was.