And in South Bend Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. At a rally in his hometown, the 37-year-old Afghanistan War veteran stressed the urgency to act now to correct the policies of President Trump.
Mayor Pete Buttigieig: “The principles that will guide my campaign for president are simple enough to fit on a bumper sticker: freedom, security and democracy.”
Pete Buttigieig supports progressive Democratic positions including the Green New Deal, the legalization of marijuana, and single-payer healthcare—although he does not support doing away with private insurance.
Buttigieig has also been vocal in his support for Israel, praising its national security measures as a “model” for other countries and suggesting some Democrats are too quick to judge Israel based on media reports. He made the comments after a trip to Israel last year amid ongoing protests at the separation barrier in Gaza, which have resulted in at least 200 deaths and tens of thousands of injured. If elected, Buttigieg would become the youngest U.S. president, as well as the first openly gay president.