Who is Pete Buttigieg? The mayor of South Bend, Indiana emerged from relative obscurity to become a serious contender for president of the United States of America. Is he the right foil for Donald Trump?
Mayor Pete Buttigieg has raised seven million dollars and captivated the nation in media and at town halls during his short time as candidate for president of the United States. He’s a veteran of the war in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, well-liked by his South Bend constituents, and now a bestselling author with his recent book, Shortest Way Home. He’s also a 37-year old millennial and openly gay—no president has ever been either.
Meet the Candidates 2020: Pete Buttigieg: A Voter’s Guide is your handbook to understanding the man that Barack Obama christened the future of the Democratic Party. Buttigieg transcends expected labels: millennial and media savvy, but conversational or better in eight languages; a Harvard grad and corporate consultant who settled in the small town he grew up in; a progressive but not a revolutionary. From his revered decency to his standard progressive stances on the issues of the environment, gun control, LGBTQ rights, and immigration, this guide is your primer on Mayor Pete.
The Meet the Candidates 2020 series is the informed voter’s guide to making a decision in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential election. Each book gives an unbiased, political insider’s analysis of each contender, featuring: candidate interviews; an introduction by campaign adviser, Democratic Coalition co-founder, and Dworkin Report host Scott Dworkin; and compilation and writing by Occupy Democrats Editor at Large Grant Stern. In two hours of reading, you’ll understand their defining characteristics, credentials, campaign issues, challenges, presidential chances, and everything else you need to know to decide who should challenge Donald Trump. Whether it’s for Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, or another, Meet the Candidates is what you need to make an informed vote for president in 2020.
About the Author
Scott Dworkin is the co-founder and lead investigator of the Democratic Coalition in addition to his duties hosting the Dworkin Report podcast. His 2016 Dworkin Report helped uncover the Trump-Russia affair well before Special Counsel Mueller’s probe began. He served as a deputy director for both the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and 2012 Democratic National Convention and was a senior advisor on both the Draft Biden and Run Warren Run campaigns. He has worked on campaigns and with organizations in all 50 states and was named to the Campaigns & Elections magazine’s 2011 class of Rising Stars. Find him at DworkinReport.com, scottdworkin.org, and on Twitter @funder.
Grant Stern is a radio broadcaster, producer of the Dworkin Report podcast, professional mortgage broker, and the Editor at Large of WashingtonPress.com, an Occupy Democrats publication where he is one of the website’s original group of writers and sole investigative journalist. He also writes original content at TheSternFacts.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Pete Buttigieg by Series Editor Scott Dworkin 1
Who is Pete Buttigieg? 11
Defining Moments in Pete Buttigieg's Political Career 17
Policy: Campaign Platforms 35
Background and Education 49
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana 67
The First Hundred Days 69
The Secret Tapes Saga 71
Managing South Bend's Problems With Crime 74
1,000 Houses in 1,000 Days 76
"The Honorable Lieutenant" Gets Deployed to Afghanistan 83
2015 State of the City Speech 86
Fighting Indiana Governor Mike Pence's Failed Antigay Law 87
Coming Out 91
The Transformation of Downtown South Bend 95
Running To Be The New Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 97
Analysis of Pete Buttigieg's Chances for Winning the Nomination and Presidency 103