SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, officially announced his 2020 presidential campaign Sunday at a rally in his home town.
The 37-year-old mayor touted improvements under his leadership, including a revitalized downtown and decreased unemployment, and said he’ll focus on three major issues in his campaign: security, improving democracy and freedom.
Buttigieg described security as “the idea that security and patriotism belong to one political party needs to end now.”
He said democracy needs to work for everyone.
“No issue we care about, from gun safety to immigration, from climate to education to paid family leave, will be handled well unless our democracy is in better shape.”
And he explained how he’ll focus on freedom.
“Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey," he said. "They only see ‘freedom from,' freedom from taxes, freedom from regulation … as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree.
“My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for President of the United States,” Buttigieg said as crowds erupted in applause.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is expected to officially announce his candidacy for president Sunday afternoon, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Buttigieg, 37, tweeted April 4 after launching an exploratory committee that he had a "special announcement" to make April 14. The two-term Democrat will reveal his plans during a 2 p.m. speech in downtown South Bend, the Tribune reported. The announcement was originally planned for an outdoor rally but was moved indoors because poor weather was forecast, the Tribune reported.
Buttigieg’s speech will be livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the newspaper reported.
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