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Pete Buttigieg 2020 presidential campaign

The 2020 presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, began with the formation of an exploratory committee for the Democratic nomination on January 23, 2019. The campaign was officially launched on April 14, 2019.[2][3] Buttigieg is the first openly gay Democratic candidate for president.[4]

Pete for America
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Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic primaries)
Candidate
AffiliationDemocratic Party
Status
  • Exploratory committee:
  •      January 23, 2019
  • Announced:
  •      April 14, 2019
HeadquartersSouth Bend, Indiana
Key people
  • Mike Schmuhl[1]
  •      (campaign manager)
  • Lis Smith[1]
  •      (spokesperson)
SloganIt's time for a new generation of American leadership
Website
www.peteforamerica.com

Buttigieg's major policy positions include abolition of the United States Electoral College, support for single-payer healthcare, labor unions, universal background checks for guns, protecting the environment by way of addressing climate change, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, overturning the Citizens United ruling, and passing a federal law banning discrimination against LGBT people.[5]

Contents

CampaignEdit

Exploratory committeeEdit

 
Buttigieg campaigning in New Hampshire, February 2019

On January 23, 2019, Pete Buttigieg announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.[6] He had attracted speculation as a potential presidential candidate, notably following his visit to the early caucus state of Iowa in December 2018, where he announced he would not run for reelection as mayor of South Bend.[7]

Buttigieg participated in a town hall at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on March 11.[8] Within twenty-four hours, Buttigieg raised more than $600,000 from 22,000 unique donors. This gave his campaign an early advantage and thereby distinguished him from most of the other lower-tier candidates attempting to qualify for the primary debates, coming later in the year. Following his town hall and a series of well-received interviews with the press media, CNN dubbed Buttigieg "the hottest candidate in the 2020 race".[9][10]

On March 16, 2019, Buttigieg's campaign surpassed the 65,000 unique donor threshold to qualify for the presidential primary debates.[11][12]

Campaign announcementEdit

Buttigieg's campaign was formally launched on April 14, 2019 from South Bend, Indiana.[2]

Following the shooting of an African American man by a white South Bend police officer in June 2019, Buttigieg was drawn from his campaign to focus on the emerging public reaction. He presided over a town hall on June 23, attended by disaffected activists in the African American community as well as relatives of the slain man.[13] The local police union accused Buttigieg of making decisions for political gain.[14] The tragedy was seen by some as a test of Buttigieg's ability to assume the presidency.[13][15]

FundraisingEdit

By the end of the first quarter of 2019, the campaign had raised more than $7 million.[16]

Democratic donor Susie Tompkins Buell sent invitations for a fundraiser for Buttigieg scheduled for April 11, 2019. The fundraiser sought contributions ranging from $250 to $2,800. Buell has also backed U.S. Senator Kamala Harris in the 2020 race.[17] Within four hours of Buttigieg's campaign launch, the campaign raised more than $1 million.[18]

On April 26, 2019, Pete Buttigieg announced his campaign would no longer accept donations from registered lobbyists. The campaign returned $30,250 in donations.[19]

Pete Buttigieg's campaign raised over $24.8 million in the second quarter of 2019, the highest amount raised by any candidate that quarter, and an amount that included funds from 230,000 new donors.[20] Buttigieg has $22.6 million cash on hand, according to the campaign, with a total of 400,000 donors.[21]

PollsEdit

 
Buttigieg speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in June 2019.

A poll conducted by Emerson Polling between March 21 and 24, 2019 in the early battleground state of Iowa found Buttigieg in third place behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, but ahead of other candidates such as Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Beto O'Rourke.[22] Monmouth University conducted a poll between April 4 and April 9 in Iowa and also found Buttigieg in third, again behind Biden and Sanders.[23][24] A St. Anselm College poll conducted between April 3 and April 8 in New Hampshire also placed Buttigieg in third.[24]

Political positionsEdit

AbortionEdit

Buttigieg is pro-choice.[25][26][27]

 
Pete Buttigieg supporters marching in the 2019 Boston Pride parade.

In 2018, as mayor of South Bend, Buttigieg vetoed a zoning exception application for the pro-life Women's Care Center to be situated next to Whole Women's Health Alliance, which provides abortions. The Women's Care Center eventually found an alternate location in South Bend.[28] Even though the South Bend Common Council supported the rezoning exception, Buttigieg said, “I don’t think it would be responsible to situate two groups literally right next to each other... that have diametrically opposed views on the most divisive social issue of our time.” He also expressed concern that such buildings next to each other may be conducive to one side harassing the other.[29]

Climate changeEdit

Buttigieg favors renewed U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement.[30] He has also said that the government should start subsidizing solar panels to reduce emissions.[31] Buttigieg is a proponent of the Green New Deal proposed by House Democrats[32][33][34] He also supports a carbon tax and dividend policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.[35]

Criminal justiceEdit

Buttigieg supports eliminating the death penalty.[36] He has also called for restoring voting rights to former felons and moving toward reversing criminal sentences for minor drug-related offenses.[37] He supports the "safe, regulated, and legal sale of marijuana".[38]

In 2019 Buttigieg said he was "troubled" by the commutation of Iraq War whistleblower Chelsea Manning's sentence and gave a mixed evaluation of Edward Snowden's actions, saying that "we've learned things about abuses and that one way or another that needed to come out" but that "the way for that to come out is through Congressional oversight, not through a breach of classified information."[39]

Economy and commerceEdit

Buttigieg has frequently pointed to automation as the main cause of manufacturing job loss.[40] He has spoken of the need to work with labor unions.[41] He considers himself a democratic capitalist, rejecting crony capitalism and favoring a constitutional amendment to protect democracy from the undue influence of money in politics.[42] He is receptive to the possibility of antitrust actions against large technology companies but more focused on privacy and data security concerns.[43]

ElectionsEdit

Buttigieg favors the abolition of the Electoral College.[44] He has also said that convicted felons should not be allowed to vote while incarcerated.[45]

Foreign policyEdit

Buttigieg has said that he believes the post-9/11 action in Afghanistan was justified[43] but now supports withdrawing American troops there, but not from Syria.[30]

Buttigieg is a committed supporter of Israel, breaking from the increasing trend in the Democratic Party to support Palestinians and the Palestinian cause.[46] However, he disapproves of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's zeal for annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank.[47]

In January 2019, following Juan Guaidó's self-declaration as interim President of Venezuela, Buttigieg told HuffPost that he supported free and fair elections and imposing sanctions on the country but opposed military intervention.[48]

Health careEdit

Buttigieg advocated for a single-payer healthcare system from the start of his campaign.[49] He has clarified that he would not immediately jump to single-payer from the current system, preferring to implement an all-payer rate setting as a stopgap.[50]

ImmigrationEdit

Buttigieg supports DACA and has drawn attention to the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation policies. He defended a resident of Granger, Indiana, who was deported after living in the U.S. for 17 years despite regularly checking in with ICE and applying for a green card.[51]

Buttigieg has said that Trump has been reckless in sending American troops to the southern border and that it is a measure of last resort.[52]

Judicial issuesEdit

Buttigieg has said that he believes the Supreme Court needs structural reform, emphasizing depoliticization and suggesting that the court be expanded to 15 members, five of whom can only be seated by unanimous consensus of the other ten.[44]

Racial equalityEdit

In July 2019 Buttigieg shared his Douglass Plan, named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, to address systemic racism in America.[53] Announcing it at a Chicago meeting of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH civil rights organization, Buttigieg compared the plan's scope to that of the U.S.'s Marshall Plan, which invested funds in war-torn Europe after World War II, and said it would address "opportunity for minority businesses, strengthening voting rights, and reforming the criminal justice system." The initiative allocates $10 billion to African-American entrepreneurship over five years, grants $25 billion to historically black colleges, legalizes marijuana, expunges records of drug convictions, halves the federal prison population, and passes a federal New Voting Rights Act designed to increase voting access.[54][53]

Social issuesEdit

Buttigieg favors amending civil rights legislation with the Federal Equality Act so that LGBT Americans receive federal non-discrimination protections.[55] He opposes the ban on transgender military participation enacted under Trump.[56][39]

He also supports expanding opportunities for national service and has said that he is open to making a yearlong term of national service mandatory for those turning 18 years old.[57][58] "One thing we could do ... would be to make it, if not legally obligatory, then certainly a social norm that anybody after they're 18 years old spends a year in national service", he said.[58] In July 2019 Buttigieg announced a plan to increase participation in national service organizations like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, as well as creating new ones dedicated to “fighting climate change, treating mental health and addiction, and providing caregiving for older people”.[59] The initiative prioritizes volunteering in predominantly minority communities and rural areas by tripling programs to 250,000 people at first, then expanding to one million by 2026.[59]

Buttigieg opposes free college tuition because he believes that it unfairly subsidizes higher-income families at the expense of lower-income people who do not attend college. This position distances him from other progressives who support free college tuition for all.[60] Buttigieg supports initiatives to make college more affordable.[61]

StatehoodEdit

Buttigieg is an advocate for the statehood of Washington, D.C. He has also said he supports Puerto Rican statehood "if they want it."[44]

EndorsementsEdit

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