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Pete Buttigieg

Pete
Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, now known as Mayor Pete, currently serves as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana -- which is why the nickname really works. He was first elected in 2011 at age 29, and won re-election in 2015. During his first term, he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, where he served as a lieutenant for seven months. Buttigieg is the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate. Before becoming mayor, Buttigieg worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company. He also plays the guitar and piano, and seems to learn a new, sort of obscure language every other week. Buttigieg received his B.A. from Harvard University and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his M.A. from Oxford. Learn more about Mayor Pete below:

Why are you running

“What I see is a moment where there is tectonic change going on in the country... I see a moment that’s kind of crying out for generational change... We need different kinds of voices in the mix right now.”

— Pete Buttigieg

Top Priorities

Democracy reform

Replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote and restructure the Supreme Court.

Foreign policy

Establish a new and higher standard for the deployment of U.S. military force.

Climate change

Rejoin the Paris Agreement and implement a Green New Deal, including a carbon tax-and-dividend and direct clean energy investment.

Tweeter in Chief

Pod Save America

2020: Pete Buttigieg on freedom and farting cows

Timestamps

[00:02:33] – Why he decided to run

[00:04:25] – On the state of politics today

[00:04:46] – How his experience informs his understanding of issues

[00:05:57] – On his thought process on ‘doing the job’

[00:06:46] – His theory of executive government as mayor

[00:08:59] – On his decision-making process

[00:09:27] – On having a stake in the future

[00:10:20] – On having different substance and vocabulary from other candidates

[00:12:40] – Democratic reform as his first legislative endeavor

[00:14:38] – Automatic voter registration

[00:14:56] – Election Day as a holiday

[00:15:23] – Democratic numerical representation

[00:15:38] – Statehood for Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico

[00:16:11] – Supreme Court reform/court packing

[00:18:05] – Senate filibuster reform

[00:19:29] – On how to make the Senate more responsive to the people

[00:21:17] – Bringing the conservative era to an end

[00:25:10] – The ideological takeover within the Republican party

[00:26:40] – Making sure his campaign responds to the moment, generational differences

[00:28:48] – Age differences within the Democratic field

[00:30:05] – Green New Deal

[00:34:14] – Choices of Indiana voters/appealing to rural, more conservative voters

[00:35:49] – Condescension in politics

[00:39:01] – Moderating progressive policy to broaden appeal

[00:41:50] – Medicare for All and health care

[00:45:10] – Centrism and appealing to middle voters

[00:46:46] – The spectrum of approaches to health care

[00:48:43] – The economy

[00:52:41] – Universal basic income

[00:55:32] – Campaigning against Donald Trump

[00:58:22] – His admiration for Senator Bernie Sanders

[01:00:04] – The experience of campaigning

[01:02:14] – On his role in civil rights history as the first openly gay presidential candidate

On Medicare for All

On the historic nature of his candidacy

On prioritizing democratic reforms

Timestamps

[00:00:21] – Why he decided to run

[00:02:14] – On the state of politics today

[00:02:34] – How his experience informs his understanding of issues

[00:03:46] – On his thought process on ‘doing the job’

[00:04:35] – His theory of executive government as mayor

[00:06:48] – On his decision-making process

[00:07:16] – On having a stake in the future

[00:08:09] – On having different substance and vocabulary from other candidates

[00:10:29] – Democratic reform as his first legislative endeavor

[00:12:27] – Automatic voter registration

[00:12:45] – Election Day as a holiday

[00:13:12] – Democratic numerical representation

[00:13:27] – Statehood for Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico

[00:14:00] – Supreme Court reform/court packing

[00:16:04] – Senate filibuster reform

[00:17:28] – On how to make the Senate more responsive to the people

[00:19:16] – Bringing the conservative era to an end

[00:21:45] – The ideological takeover within the Republican party

[00:23:15] – Making sure his campaign responds to the moment, generational differences

[00:25:23] – Age differences within the Democratic field

[00:26:40] – Green New Deal

[00:30:51] – Choices of Indiana voters/appealing to rural, more conservative voters

[00:32:27] – Condescension in politics

[00:36:39] – Moderating progressive policy to broaden appeal

[00:38:28] – Medicare for All and health care

[00:40:54] – Centrism and appealing to middle voters

[00:42:30] – The spectrum of approaches to health care

[00:44:29] – The economy

[00:48:33] – Universal basic income

[00:51:24] – Campaigning against Donald Trump

[00:54:18] – His admiration for Senator Bernie Sanders

[00:56:00] – The experience of campaigning

[00:58:10] – On his role in civil rights history as the first openly gay presidential candidate

His name is Mitch McConnell, and he sucks.

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