SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Democrat Pete Buttigieg announced on social media earlier this morning that he’s putting together an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.
“I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?”, Buttigieg said on Twitter.
I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 23, 2019
He said the show in Washington right now is exhausting filled with corruption and lies. He says it has to end.
“The reality is there’s no going back, and there’s no such thing as ‘again’ in the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past,” Buttigieg said in a video that includes before-and-after footage of South Bend, a city once described as “dying.”
He also said in the video that he belongs to a generation that is stepping forward right now.
“We’re the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11, and we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different. We can’t just polish off a system so broken. It is a season for boldness and a focus on the future,” Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar who was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 at age 29 — making him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 people. A lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, he served a tour in Afghanistan in 2014.
If he wins the Democrat nomination, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay nominee from a major political party running for President.
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