DAILYKENN.com -- Pete Buttigieg is running for president as a Democrat. Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is married to a man.
His chances of winning the nomination are nil. His chances of winning the election are, consquently, nil.
So why is the 37-year-old running for president?
That answer requires a mind reader. It may be a publicity ploy; an effort to create media buzz for himself. It may be an effort to establish himself in the Democratic Party heirarchy. It may be an effort to further normalize homosexuality; to futher embed it in our culture. It may be all of the above.
Buttigieg was raised in a Catholic family. Both parents were professors at University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana is home to University of Notre Dame. The university's president recent covered iconogrpahy honoring Christopher Columbus. He citied white racism as the reason. The action was likely a reaction to the recent episode in Washington, DC, where fellow Catholics were bullied by a 64-year-old Indian extremist.
Columbus is the patron saint of travellers.
From CNN ▼
Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who served in the Navy during the war in Afghanistan, announced on Wednesday that he is launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.
Buttigieg made the announcement in an email to supporters and in a video posted online where he lays out his message of generational change centered on three values: Freedom, security and democracy. In that video, Buttigieg leans into how he took over South Bend when he was 29 years old and claims he turned around what had been referred to as a "dying city."
"There's a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no 'again' in the real world; that's not a bad thing," Buttigieg says in the video. "We are ready for a fresh start."
Buttigieg's 2020 argument is that he would like to do the same for the country that he did for South Bend, even if he knows the odds are against him, and that the only way to accomplish change like that is through a generational shift in American politics.
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