SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, forms an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid, according to a video and email message obtained by The Associated Press.
"The reality is that there is no going back and there is nothing like" again "in the real world. We can't look for greatness in the past," said Buttigieg in a video containing before and after recordings of South Bend, a rustling town once described as "dying."
"Now our country needs a new start," he says.
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He is expected to travel to Iowa next week to meet with voters in the country's first caucus state followed by a stop in New Hampshire
Buttigieg is a Rhodes teacher who was elected mayor of his hometown in 2011 at the age of 29 – which makes him the youngest mayor of an American k city with at least 100,000 inhabitants. A lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, he earned a trip to Afghanistan in 2014.
Buttigieg raised his national profile with a failed 2017 race for Democratic National Committee chairman and said the party needed a new start. He withdrew from the race before a vote when it became clear that he had no support to win.
Buttigieg spent time in Iowa and other stroke states in recent years as he attempted to build financial support and naming. He cracks that those who know his name are still not sure how to pronounce it. (It's BOO & # 39; -tah-juhj.) Most of the time he goes by "Mayor Pete."
In his campaign for another period, Buttigieg came out as gay in a column in the local newspaper. He continued to win re-election with 80 percent of the vote. In 2018 – three years to the day after the column ran – he married his husband, middle school teacher Chasten Glezman.
If he were to win the democratic nomination, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay presidential candidate from a large political party.
In December, Buttigieg announced that he would not seek a third term as mayor, speculating that he would participate in a field of about two dozen candidates seeking the democratic nomination for president – most of them better known and with experience in higher office and all those older.
"I belong to a generation going forward right now," he says in the video released Wednesday. "We are the generation who lived through the school shoots that served in the war after 9/11 and we are the generation that stands to be the first to do less than our parents unless we do something different. Not just polishing a system so ruined. It's a season of boldness and focus on the future. "Buttigieg publishes a book in February about his life and his home that leads South Bend.