Pete Buttigieg, Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has announced that he has launched an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential elections. Buttigieg, 37, is an Afghanistan war veteran. The Harvard graduate is also a former Rhodes Scholar and openly gay. He has served as South Bend’s mayor since 2012. Last year, he announced that he would not seek a third term as mayor, sparking rumours of a presidential run. In his announcement video, Buttigieg said that the US needs a “fresh start” and said it needed to focus on a “new generation.” Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has joined the presidential race. In an announcement on Wednesday, Buttigieg said he has launched a presidential exploratory committee “because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future.” The news is not a huge surprise – many Democrats have been awaiting Buttigieg’s presidential announcement since the day he said he wouldn’t run for a third term as South Bend’s mayor. Though he has never held statewide office, Buttigieg gained a national profile following a failed bid for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017. The Navy veteran is a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar,… Read full this story
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