Speaking at a rally on Sunday, Pete Buttigieg announced his campaign for the White House. The 37-year-old is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a Democrat and an openly gay Christian married to husband Chasten.
Telling the rally he was running “to tell a different story than ‘Make America Great Again’. Because there’s a myth being sold … the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back.
“The problem is that they’re telling us to look for greatness in all the wrong places. It is time to walk away from the politics of the past and towards something totally different.”
If elected, he said his prescription for change included electoral reform, “healthcare for every American”, racial justice, women’s equality and organized labour.
Buttigieg has stolen some of Beto O’Rourke’s spotlight as a 2020 candidate who can unite Americans and send Trump packing from the Whitehouse.
Buttigieg’s husband Chasen has taken time out from his teaching career to work on the campaign. Using Instagram, Chasen has been sharing the lighter side of his husband and the campaign.
Buttigieg is an all-American candidate, progressive to a point but not an ideologue, who can connect with people. In a time when the US is dividing and when the fight for equality continues, a gay president could bring his personal experience to heal these wounds. If elected, Buttigieg will be the youngest person to become president and the first who is openly gay.
Pete Buttigieg’s strength is his empathy for minorities a member of one. He uses the single vote in the US Supreme Court that allowed same-sex marriage to explain the influence of government on shaping an equal society.