The political journey of Pete Buttigieg

The political journey of Pete Buttigieg


-No politician has ever gone straight from a mayor’s office to the White House. -I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for President of the United States. -Pete Buttigieg thinks he can be the first to do it. [gulls calling] South Bend is a medium-sized city, but it feels like a small town, and many here are quick to praise the man they call “Mayor Pete.” -Since Mayor Pete took over, it’s a beautiful town again, and every day it gets better and better. -It’s kind of just, I think, his whole mentality on things. You know, he’s just being a good person. -Buttigieg was just 29 when he was elected to lead South Bend. -Maybe I’ll get to do something else in the future, but only if I turn out to be really good at being mayor of South Bend. -It was a former industrial center, grappling with a changing economy and a shrinking population. Under his leadership, new buildings went up, parks were renovated. -Three, two, one. -And the downtown was revitalized. In 2014, he took a leave of absence to serve for seven months in Afghanistan. Upon his return, Buttigieg came out as a gay man. In 2015, he was re-elected mayor with 80% of the vote. -To be given the opportunity to lead your own hometown, it is personal. -Over his two terms, Buttigieg worked with Republicans to get things done, says Councilman Jake Teshka. -One of the things that I think Republicans, and as a Republican, I can speak to this, is that Pete has a way of talking to people without contempt. -And it would help to nominate somebody with coattails who comes from the middle of the country and can speak to these concerns in plain English in the course of a presidential campaign. -I’ve been telling folks, “Don’t discount him.” I think that Pete’s somebody that a lot of moderates, a lot of center-right people, can look at and say, “Yeah, I can vote for that guy.” -Buttigieg has shown his talent for languages on the campaign trail. -[speaking Spanish] We are together. [speaking French] The Cathedral of Notre Dame was like a gift to mankind. [speaking Arabic] Hello, I’m Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana. -And in South Bend, Buttigieg answered the call one night when a young boy was rushed to the hospital and his mother needed an Arabic interpreter. -I don’t think a lot of people recognized who he was. I certainly didn’t. -Six years later, Dr. Donald Zimmer remembers it well. -He translated words that I said and words that the patient’s mother said without imposing himself into the dialogue at all. I think that’s the epitome of what public service is all about. -But Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor began with a controversy. Soon after taking office, he fired the city’s first black police chief for recording department phone lines. and he refused to release the tapes, which were alleged to include racist conversations among high-ranking officers. -We know what’s on the tapes, but there’s somebody that think we don’t know what’s on the tapes, so they don’t want us to hear what’s on the tapes, but we all know what’s on the tapes, the condescending things about folk. -Reverend Sylvester Williams says the incident fueled mistrust in the black community. -If he wants to show good faith, he would…do what he can do to make sure that the citizens hear the tape before he leaves. That would be a tremendous gesture for this community. When the Mayor announced his presidential run, City Councilman Oliver Davis says African-American leaders were urged to keep their doubts to themselves. -We are very proud to have a person from South Bend run for President. That’s exciting. At the same time, those of us who share those kind of criticisms were almost — Well, not “were almost” — we were pretty much shunned. Like, “Be quiet. Don’t talk about your dirty laundry when we have guests in town. We have the media. The national media is here. Everybody else is here. Be quiet. -But in June, after a white officer, Ryan O’Neill, shot and killed a black resident, 54-year-old Eric Logan, long-simmering tensions gave way to public anger. -Of course black lives matter. -Then fire your cops! [indistinct shouting] Are you a racist? -What about a black life — What matters about a black life to you, Mayor Pete? What matters about a black life to you? Answer! [Speaking indistinctly] -Buttigieg skipped a community vigil, and Logan’s family faulted him for a lack of compassion. -The shooting added validity to — with all due respect, to the Logan family. It added validity to those who had already shared these kind of thoughts before, who were pretty much hushed-hush. -His struggle to connect with the black community in South Bend has carried over to his campaign. -I remember he explicitly said to the crowd, “In order to win this, in order to have a serious shot at this, I really need to build a more diverse coalition.” -Find people who perhaps do not look like you. And make sure that they are aware of this message and that they are communicating to us how this campaign can best speak to them. -And so it’s something he’s acknowledged as a candidate and something the campaign is serious about trying to remedy. -Buttigieg has proven himself to be a formidable fundraiser and a skilled campaigner. If he wins, he would be the youngest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, and even some of his critics aren’t ruling him out. -I think he’ll go the distance. -I think he’ll go the distance.

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    Who likes beans

    Washington Post loves terrorists and hates free speech while threatening and harassing kids.
    Washington Post is terrorists.

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    jack b

    Little Petey Buttigieg is using a Presidential candidacy as a platform for homosexual activism. He advocates for the normalization of anal sex, which is not traditional Christian value. Little Petey's caricature of Christian marriage is an abomination of moral and natural law.

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    Michael Brown

    BTW, he can't release the tapes. Still in litigation. And you will have to excuse Mayor Pete for not single-handedly ending the wall of fear and mistrust between law enforcement and the black community. IMHO, it's a national problem, and on a local level, we need to seriously recruit and encourage more black officers. Buttigieg gets it, and will be a great president.

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    Linda Minton

    Lmao, just like the other phoney democrats, he hasn't got a clue as to what decent Americans want in a President.

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    Oscar Gabriel

    Pete didn't win a second term without the Black vote. No one can please everybody, and some people are never pleased.

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    Maina Mwareri

    Just abandon your delusional presidential ambition, Mr. Butiegeg so that you may have ample time to devote your energy to your despicable, homosexual perversion of being a "wife". Creep.

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    Carlos Lara

    Biden has his son as a problem Bernie and Warren are to left. Pete is the one trump fears the most. Pete will retake the heartland of the country.

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    TheLastZ0mbie

    Buttigieg taking bribes from his wealthy donors. Can we get him wear a jacket like a nascar driver with all of the donors and corporations on it so we know who he is working for? I hope this shill loses, the sooner the better!

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    Nomy

    Way to end it on a negative note. How about showing clips of how he’s tried to connect with the black community and how well he has been received. People just don’t know him yet.

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    signalfire6

    Too young. Andrew Yang has many more policies, well thought out ones (over 150 on his web site) and he's considerably older, with executive experience. Maybe Pete in another 8 years but for now he needs to prove himself on the local side; I'm tired of people who seek public office only to run for an upgrade a few years later, but who keep their 'day jobs' that they are neglecting to campaign, in case they're not successful. Not a good look. How can you do justice to a mayorship or a Senate seat and campaign for over a year full time?

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    oh my

    Nobody wants to read here "Nobody is perfect, only God is". But that's reality.
    Which can't mean "If so, why change?". Because that's not reality.

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    Guinness

    I am left, and love Warren. But I will support Buttigieg. Here's why.
    46% of democrats are liberal, 54% are moderate. If we can get all the democratic votes, and the moderate conservatives too, we will not only win the White House, but the Senate too. Warren would win the presidency, but with a republican senate, her laws will never pass.

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    John Jones

    This is a rather incomplete discussion of the race issue. No one is allowed to listen to the tapes (Pete included) because of the possibility of Federal wiretapping law violations– and the reason he "fired" the chief (although later just demoted) was because he learned about this from the FBI, not the chief himself. There is a whole discussion of this in his book. He inherited a big mess in South Bend, and he's been doing a pretty impressive job of cleaning it up. I'd say this video is pretty poor work and an attempt to create a narrative around Pete that simply isn't true.

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    victor ruiz

    Facts! There is only one person who is taking more money from the Pharmaceutical companies and the elite billionaires than Pete. And his name is Donald Trump.
    Pete’s trying so hard to trick us with his
    “ medicare for all who want it“
    (Public option which leaves pharmaceutical and Health insurance companies profiting on the backs of working and dying people)

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    Elliemae Clampett

    buttigeig is a manufactured democrat yes-man, a corporate establishment tool, clinton devotee, intell spook, smug little privileged punk who has 23 billionaires funding his campaign and met with high-level dnc politicos to discuss how to stop sanders before he announced his candidacy. he was bought a long time ago. he's as corrupt as they come. the dnc's manchurian candidate for sure.

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    Wendy K

    Can someone tell me the reason you are voting for mayor Peter instead of Andrew Yang? Nothing Pete says sounds original and is basically a paraphrase of Andrew Yang.

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    Willie Jones

    I’m a college educated black male in Florida and I’m for Senator Warren. If Pete wins nomination, I’m likely to vote Republican.

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    Steve B

    Why is this homosexual given a pass on his sexual history? Does anybody believe that if you looked back 30 years that you wouldn't find any sexual misconduct? WTF? He wants to bring his "husband" to be the first lady? Or as the homosexual wife would he be both the president and the first lady? Why is this homosexual given a pass on sexual misconduct when everyone else has to run the gontlet?

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    derek mcguire

    Pete Buttigieg laughed at Andrew Yang , Now Buttigieg is using most of Yang`s material . Pete Buttigieg is copying Andrew Yang , Andrew Yang has won !

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    Jean de Dieu Otoa

    If democrate make that mistake to choose Pete Bu… then it will be a Big win for Trump because of his Life style that many Christians do not agree with. That will turn many Christians off in the general. That will be a big risk to take in a country that is still divided in values, religious believes and ethical issues

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    Kelly F Livingston

    Mayor Pete sells out The People every time he opens his Corporate taught Corporate funded mouth! M4A is for the people Mayor Pete!
    Pete you are a McKinsey & Company (look these people up) Buffon who will say whatever his Corporate masters/Donors tell him to.
    Before you run for President you should answer the questions from your constituents in South Bend

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    Georgia Aliano

    Buttigieg is not legally allowed to hear the tapes or release the tapes. As simple as that. The decision to release the tapes that are evidence falls on the judiciary. Same goes for the cop – there is a judicial procedure that has to happen. Also, there is the Police Union that plays a part…

    I don't see anybody protesting the Union or the judges of the cases. Much easier to sell this story if you can blame the guy who is running for president.

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    ann robi

    I DO NOT WANT 2 MARRIED MEN LIVING IN THE WHITE HOUSE representing America, meeting men ftom other nations, hosting . THINK DEEPER BIMBOS. YOU ARE SO STUPID!!!!

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    Europa

    Completely sell out and take every corporate donation offered to while still pretending to represent the people. That's Mayor Pete in a nutshell.

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    Helen Taylor

    Mayor Pete is well educated, articulate, caring and honest. He was my choice even though he would face an ugly soul crushing battle ahead. I noticed the name Andrew Yang in the comment section of several videos. I thought he was a joke until I listen to his interview with Joe Rogan. Now I'm Yang 2020 all the way. I wish Pete the best.

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    Linda PS

    Stop Copying YANGS Ideas and Incorporating them into your Speech. He is a Fake and we already have one of those in the WH. WE will need a Strong Leader with Skills to get us back on the right track. Not a undercover Phonie. Go back to INDIANA. YANG 20/20.

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    4c1dr3fl3x

    Republicans are scared of this man's electoral chances. Scared to death.
    The Trumpistan /pol/ trolls are in panic mode, showing up in huge numbers to convince you he's got no chance, that he's corporate, that you should vote Yang, etc. etc.
    You couldn't ask for a better endorsement.

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    Randy

    Pete Buttigieg is not running for President. He is bought and paid for by big corporations to stop progressive candidates like Bernie by stealing votes. Pete Buttigieg's campaign is paid for by Alphabet, Amazon, Disney, Comcast and more. He does not have the interest of America at heart. Mark Zuckerberg recommended campaign workers to Pete's campaign.

    Everything I just said is public information. Don't believe me, check.

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    Matthew Wiederspan

    America will be a better, more just nation if Pete Buttigieg is elected to do the opportunity to do what he has done for South Bend, on a national level. He is the epitome of compassion and he would make a wonderful President.

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    sal grimes

    Where are your fact checkers? Who will call out Mayor Pete for his copying Andrew Yang. He should withdraw from the race if he plagiarizes (copies without acknowledgement or credit for the original that he once mocked on the debate stage.

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    Rashaan

    I stand with Pete, I am not from South Bend but I am a black American that believes in him. I know it took a lot for him to stand there and be yelled at but he was there and he listened. The mistrust between communities of color and law enforcement is a National crisis; not a Pete Buttigieg crisis. I do believe that him being in the thick of what happened in South Bend and facing his constituents garners him a certain level of respect that the other candidates will never get. He's the real deal and he will go the distance!

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    Karsten

    Don't get sucked in by Republican trolls pretending to be progressives
    bashing some Democrat. This is a funded GOP effort designed to divide
    Democrats to get us not to vote unless our pet candidate is the nominee.
    ANY Democrat is better than ANY Republican. Keep that in mind and VOTE!

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    Karsten

    Don't get sucked in by Republican trolls pretending to be progressives
    bashing some Democrat. This is a funded GOP effort designed to divide
    Democrats to get us not to vote unless our pet candidate is the nominee.
    ANY Democrat is better than ANY Republican. Keep that in mind and VOTE!

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    Hey Canada

    ……A clean, proud, and dignified White House ….back again in 2020…….the best ingredients needed for that are:
    A President with outstanding and impressive intelligence….effective communication skills…integrity, decency, respect, overseas military experience, able to solve complicated problems in a very practical way, courage, a strong vision for the country's future, etc…..with no disrespect intended but I do not see any presidential candidate other than Pete Buttigieg for President …..after following each and everyone of their speeches, conferences, rallies, town halls, and debates…..Lucky Americans ….
    From Canada with all our support Mayor Pete !

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    Don Don

    This is one of the worst pieces of journalism i have seen of late except from Fox News. Over and over again, the legal reasons for Pete not being able to fully discuss this matter have been stated and easy to find via the internet. I am stunned at how slanted this was to make Pete seem to be a racist due to him not legally being able to discuss it. I don't know who these journalists were but they need to be fired. This is shameful and biased piece of reporting.

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    Tony Whitten

    ? how would others react/deal/solve these very important question with race? it is a national shame! national solutions are needed/support – not division/not isolation – hope

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    Zin Tielk

    Why didnt he show to the vigil?… You see the hate in the black community taking everything out on him? That could be a good reason why. I see the pain and frustration in his eyes and voice. Not of the hate thogh but of the feelings toward what is going on. I see no racism in Pete at all. These people need to stop thier hate and see the real picture that Pete needs help to make a change as he is only one person and nobody , not even the citizens are standing up to help him. Everyones too busy hating on him and not taking the measures to figure out ways to help. Thats what he needs and truly wants. Is help. Is that too much to ask for? Apparently . To the citizens of South Bend, stop being ignorant and come up with ways to help the man. Obviously the police force is an ignorant gang and Pete CANT FIGHT THEM ALONE.

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    neo5kali

    Propaganda at its finest! The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos (the owner of Amazon). And the wealthy corrupt elites are funding Buttigieg's campaign, hence the Washington Post's support.

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