The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times EDT): 12:15 p.m. Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is defending his experience ahead of an expected run for president, saying he isn’t someone who has “been marinating in Washington” for a long time. Asked on Sunday on “Meet the Press” about his qualifications, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says he’d “stack up my experience against anybody,” though he acknowledged “it’s not as traditional.” The Democratic field is full of senators and members of the House. Buttigieg says “being a mayor of a city of any size means that you have to deal with the kinds of issues that really hit Americans.” Buttigieg isn’t confirming that he plans to announce his candidacy at an event next Sunday in South Bend but says “the kind of thing we’re going to announce is the kind of thing you only get to announce once.” ___ 12:05 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is campaigning in New Hampshire and promoting a program known as baby bonds. It calls for newborns to get a savings account. The government would contribute up to $2,000 to the account annually until the child is 18. The amount would depend on… Read full this story
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