Who Is Pete Buttigieg? | 2020 Presidential Candidate | NYT News


A millennial mayor with
a difficult last name.
[Mispronunciations
of “Buttigieg.”]
And, a knack for languages.
[“Good morning, America”
in several languages.]
Pete Buttigieg is in the
race for the White House.
“I am running for president
of the United States.”
So, who is he?
Buttigieg, also known as —
“Mayor Pete”
— is the mayor
of South Bend, Ind.
He got the job
when he was just 29
and quickly moved to reverse
the city’s economic decline.
“Our hometown is not dead.”
While serving as mayor,
Buttigieg took a leave of absence
for a tour of duty
in Afghanistan.
He came out as gay while
seeking re-election,
and he won.
So, what are his priorities?
Ideologically he’s
a progressive,
but he hasn’t unveiled
specific policies just yet.
Instead, Buttigieg is
focusing on big ideas.
“You know, our party
has this tendency
to lead with the policies.
First, we’ve got to
explain our values.”
He wants to abolish the
electoral college,
establish single-payer
health care
and expand
the Supreme Court.
“Yeah, but it’s not just
about throwing more
justices on the court.
What I think we need
to do is some kind
of structural reform
that makes
the court less political.”
He’s also pushing for
the religious left
to make a comeback.
“No one party has a
monopoly on faith.”
And, he thinks it’s time for
a younger voice in politics.
“I mean, my face
is my message.
A lot of this is
simply the idea
that we need
generational change.”
So, what’s his dynamic
with President Trump?
Buttigieg is no fan of
the Trump administration,
especially Vice President
Mike Pence,
an opponent of
same-sex marriage
and anti-discrimination laws.
“And that’s the
thing I wish
the Mike Pences of the
world would understand,
that if you got
a problem with who I am,
your problem is not
with me.
Your quarrel, sir,
is with my creator.”
And Trump has yet
to say or tweet
anything about “Mayor Pete.”
So, what are his chances?
Buttigieg made a
name for himself
when this appearance
on CNN went viral.
“Do you think
Vice President Pence
would be a better or worse
president than President Trump?”
“Ugh.”
And, it’s paying off.
Buttigieg raised $7 million
for his 2020 bid in
the first quarter,
enough to qualify for the
first Democratic debates
in June.
But the question is whether
this relative newcomer
to the national stage
can keep up
his momentum throughout
the long primary season.

100 comments

  1. ZERO ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL…
    TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  2. I hope ultimately it comes down to Warren, Buttigieg or Yang. Though the Yang probably has very low chances of getting the nomination. Bernie is a mixed bag, which is ironic because Bernie was instrumental changing the Democratic party yup it's current form which the rest of the candidates have adopted.

  3. that's a big pass! The left needs more religion? No ty Mr butt, religion is the cause of pain and nefarious deeds. We need waaay less of it

  4. He’s too moderate for me, and there’s a LOT of racial issues in South Bend, too. I live in Indianapolis and am very familiar with his city. The black community there is not happy with him AT ALL.

  5. A disgusting little sodomite thst hates Christians and distorts the Bible with heresies….Sounds very much like the end times Antichrist…

    God created you Peter but your homosexuality is a sinful Whom I ago on not to mention tour support for baby murder "abortion."

    You have no foreign policy experience or real love of America. You're just a dangerous little Bible hating homosexual commuting abominations with men.

  6. It would be nice to have someone as president who is intelligent (articulate), great scholastic background, handsome…does not claim to have bone spur and therefore, actually served in the military!

  7. Will Pete change the color of the White House to chartuse? Will Pete change the curtains in the White House? What china will Pete’s husband/wife chose? Maybe select some china plates with some buttocks design?

  8. BOOTAGAY is a useless candidate… no LATRINO or HISPANIEL or even BLACK NlGRO will vote for a HOMOSEXUAL like him who abuses GERBILS.

  9. i like him but his name is going to be very memeable. "President Butt". He's going to be the butt of a lot of jokes.

    The name is as presidential as a name like Mitt or Newt.

  10. Who is Pete? The best candidate for President of the US in 2020. The man who has my vote, and my donations. To make America smarter, text "PETE" to 25859. https://pics.me.me/thumb_meet-pete-buttigieg-u-s-navy-reserve-officer-from-2009-to-48433362.png

  11. All in for Pete Buttigieg. His brilliance, thoughtfulness, keen
    preparation, extraordinary knowledge and analytical ability, balanced
    temperament, excellent debate skills, impressive experience, and
    future-oriented progressive perspective are all what we need now. IF he
    doesn't get the nomination for president he should be either vice
    president or secretary of state. He is doing a lot of necessary hard
    work and has put out detailed and thoughtful plans and analysis
    pertaining to foreign policy (see his speech in Indianapolis a few weeks
    ago https://peteforamerica.com/national-security-for-a-new-era/) and
    improving life and opportunities for African Americans (see his Douglass
    Plan) https://peteforamerica.com/douglass-plan. You can read and watch
    more here:
    PeteforAmerica.com MeetPete.org HearPeteSpeak.com

  12. All in for Pete Buttigieg. His brilliance, thoughtfulness, keen
    preparation, extraordinary knowledge and analytical ability, balanced
    temperament, excellent debate skills, impressive experience, and
    future-oriented progressive perspective are all what we need now. IF he
    doesn't get the nomination for president he should be either vice
    president or secretary of state. He is doing a lot of necessary hard
    work and has put out detailed and thoughtful plans and analysis
    pertaining to foreign policy (see his speech in Indianapolis a few weeks
    ago https://peteforamerica.com/national-security-for-a-new-era/) and
    improving life and opportunities for African Americans (see his Douglass
    Plan) https://peteforamerica.com/douglass-plan. You can read and watch
    more here:
    PeteforAmerica.com MeetPete.org HearPeteSpeak.com

  13. So if he wins. Is he personally going to interview the secret service behind closed doors!🤣🤣🤣

  14. I like Pete's youthfulness. So young, and fresh. We just need an open minded, non- tradition group of voters.

  15. It would be nice to have a president that is composed, educated, and competent on military policy. The only candidate that will be able to take Trump on with aplomb and poise.

  16. PUPPET PETE!!!

    Wow big corporations just love you don't they! After all, they are the ones funding most of your campaign. Fundraisers in WALL STREET, Hollywood, SILICON VALLEY. Just looked into it and found out the truth and I am so disappointed. You were two-faced the whole time 🙁 You will fight for your donors : BIG CORPORATIONS that are screwing the working class! You have become their puppet! I'm moving on to candidates that don't accept big money, because I know that they will fight for the middle class, not the 1%. Vote for Tulsi, Yang or Sanders!!!

  17. Pete Buttigieg is backed by evil corporations like McKinsey, big pharma, tobacco companies, etc.. Do your research on this man, he is not what you believe him to be.

  18. I love he’s trying to abolish the Electoral College and Expand the Supreme Court. Expanding the Supreme Court is a need currently and abolishing the Electoral College is one of the things I’ve been hoping to happen in the coming years. No Electoral College = No Trump

  19. President Trump 2020!!! Pro God, Pro Country, Pro Life, Pro Capitalism, Pro Legal Immigration, and unemployment rate at an all time low for blacks, hispanics, and women!

  20. My predictions:

    Biden and Warren will be tossing over 1st and 2nd place in the polls.
    Sanders will not be that far behind.
    I have a feeling it will be a toss up between Buttigieg and Yang for 4th and 5th place.

    Ultimately I think Warren or Biden will probably get the nomination. (I'd prefer Yang overall but this is where I see things going as of Aug '19)

  21. If you type "Pete" into YouTube's search engine Buttigieg comes in fifth behind Pete Davidson, Peter Pan, Pete the Cat, Pete Fransisco!!! ROTFLMAO

  22. Yang will win in 2024 not 2020 it's already set up for Trump to win than Yang will win 2024 and WW3 Will Begin with an unpopular president and the country will go to war

  23. If you want substance, check out Yang. He literally puts his money where his mouth is. Also, has specific policies, unlike Pete.

  24. Just call him Pete the Sodomite from Indiana that fits him best No more sodomite in our white house ever again.We do not want the President house smelling like crap.

  25. Difficult last name? Pete BUTTPLUG Easy to remember .Just another liberal fudge packer who has NO chance of being president !

  26. Why follow Pete Buttigieg when he don't even have a policies or any plan to fix the problems? The only thing Pete good at is copying Andrew Yang. IF you want to follow why not just go straight to Andrew? If you think I'm just BS
    you. you can YouTube " Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yangs take on UBI (Freedomg Dividends ) + ( Pete sounds like Yang trailer )

  27. Mayor Pete dances to the tunes of those he owes. He has taken more corporate money than anyone else, and money talks. Pete was for Medicate for All (M4A) earlier this year but now is against it, he is now spreading misinformation and trying to make it sound like a bad choice over his better plan. His "M4A all that want it", I can tell you as a healthcare worker there is no way that will work. His "M4A all that who want it" will be a program full of old and sick people, these are the patient groups that require the most resources, the program will inevitably fail under its own weight and everyone will point to M4A and say 'hey look it doesn't work'. But that is incorrect, it failed because you only went half the way, giving the private insurance market an option to make premiums and rates competitive enough to pull all the young healthy people away from M4A will eventually lead to its demise. Single payer where everyone chips in a bit but also everyone benefits from the system as needed is a much better option than 'Medicate for those who want it' being burdened/underfunded because it only takes care of the disproportionately costly patient groups in society.

    This candidate is Hillary Clinton 2.0, I do not trust him. If you disagree, I suggest you look into the firing of a black police chief during his time as mayor as an example. Pete goes where the money is, he is a savvy politician and has broad appeal to the liberal base, that is what makes him a dangerous candidate. The fact that he plays identity politics to paint some kind of rosy LGVTQI liberal/progressive appeal to counter the true progressives shows me what sort of politician he is. He is using the language of emancipation when he is ignoring the biggest oppressor of them all: Neoliberalism. I want a candidate who stands with the people and who always has, Bernie is my candidate – he hasn't taken one dollar of corporate money.

  28. Ok, I’m starting to think that Senator Elizabeth is overqualified for being a Democratic candidate for President. So perhaps, I’ll seriously consider voting for him in 2020. But before that happens, I have to start voting for minor candidates in the town of West Hartford CT for the municipal election.

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