Military veteran Peter Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and has announced that he is running for President in 2020. He is known for being a rare Democrat elected with over 80% voter support in conservative Republican state. For more political news on a variety of people and issues, visit ResourcesForLife.com/Politics



The articles below are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top.

  • NY Magazine, 14 Feb 2019 at 7:00 AM. “A Long Talk With Pete Buttigieg The 2020 hopeful on college contemporary Mark Zuckerberg, how sewers are like national security, and Ulysses.” by Gabriel Debenedetti. Excerpt: “He’s just taken us on a tour of the city that included a stop for tacos in the back of a grocery store and another at his house down the street from where his mother still lives. The day before, he’d both livestreamed himself filling a pothole and monitored Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. At one point as we spoke, he took a call from a New Hampshire county Democratic Party chair inviting him to campaign in the state. He’s going to need to get a lot of calls like that if he’s going to have any shot in a crowded field full of much more famous names. “What’s nice is you don’t have to think yourself into too complicated a place,” he says. “Because, as a general rule, do a good job and conduct yourself well, and that will be the thing that’s most likely to help you win, and the thing that’s most likely to help you not regret that you ran, if you don’t win.”” [More…]
  • New Yorker, 9 Feb 2019. “Pete Buttigieg’s Quiet Rebellion” by Benjamin Wallace-Wells. “Last week, Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who recently announced that he is exploring a Presidential candidacy, arrived in New York to meet the press. First up, on Thursday, was an interview on “CBS This Morning,” where the show’s hosts seemed slightly impatient, like college-admissions officers who had been asked to interview a benefactor’s son. Norah O’Donnell positioned her eyebrows skeptically. “You’re thirty-seven, you represent a town of a hundred and two thousand people—did I get that right? What qualifies you to be President of the United States?” Buttigieg, who has pale skin, thick brown hair, and a formal manner, gave a self-deprecating laugh. “I know that I’m the youngest person in this conversation, but I think that the experience of leading a city through a transformation is really relevant right now,” he said. “Things are changing tectonically in our country, and we can’t just keep doing what we’ve been doing. We can’t nibble around the edges of a system that no longer works.” John Dickerson pointed out that other Democratic candidates were proposing very big ideas—Medicare for All, the abolition of private health insurance—and asked, “What is your idea that is so big that nobody would mistake it for nibbling around the edges?” Buttigieg answered, “Well, first of all, we’ve got to repair our democracy.” [More…]
  • Vox, 23 Jan 2019. “Pete Buttigieg announces his 2020 presidential campaign” by Matthew Yglesias. Excerpt: “Pete Buttigieg, a naval reservist, Afghanistan War veteran, and the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced today with a launch video and a Washington press conference that he’s forming an exploratory committee and running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. It would obviously be unprecedented for the mayor of a small city (or, indeed, even the mayor of a big one) to be elected president. But until Donald Trump pulled it off, it was also completely unprecedented for a celebrity with no experience in public affairs to be elected president, so why not give it a try? Buttigieg’s launch is relatively light on policy specifics but leans hard into the idea that as a 37-year-old he’s an appropriate leader for the rising “millennial” generation who can counter Trump’s brand of nostalgia politics.” [More…]
  • Associated Press, 18 Jan 2019. “Could Dems’ 2020 nominee be someone you’ve never heard of?” by Sara Burnett. Excerpt: “At 36, Pete Buttigieg is just over the minimum age required to be president of the United States. Outside South Bend, Indiana, the Rust Belt community where he’s been mayor since age 29, few people know his name. Those who know it struggle to pronounce it. (It’s BOO’-tah-juhj.) None of that has deterred Buttigieg — a Democrat, Rhodes scholar and Navy veteran known to most people as “Mayor Pete” — from contemplating a 2020 presidential bid against a crowd of much better-known lawmakers with more experience and more money. He’s among a number of potential candidates who believe the 2016 and 2018 elections showed that voters are looking for fresh faces and that the old rules of politics, in which lawmakers toil for years in statehouses or in Congress before aspiring to higher office, may no longer apply. They’re benefiting from Democrats’ fears about running another member of the party’s old guard against President Donald Trump in 2020.” [More…]


The videos below are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top.

VICE News (11 Mar 2019)

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is 37 years old. He’s a Democrat. He’s a veteran of Afghanistan and a Rhodes Scholar.

WHBF – Channel 4 (8 Mar 2019)

Pete Buttigieg wants to be first mayor directly elected president

WMUR-TV (8 Mar 2019)

Democrat Pete Buttigieg was the latest presidential hopeful to speak at the “Politics and Eggs” event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

The Library Channel (4 Mar 2019 7:00 PM)

The Iowa City Book Festival, in partnership with the Iowa City Public Library, will host a series of occasional events designed to bring the authors of books about politics and social engagement to the library to discuss the ideas in those books. The first event will be a reading and discussion by Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., and newly declared candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. Buttigieg is touring in support of his new memoir, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future.” The event is in Meeting Room A and is free and open to the public. [Event Page] NOTE: This is not a campaign event.

RFL TV (4 Mar 2019 2:30 PM)

Pete Buttigieg speaking to a group in Iowa City at The Airliner.

Pod Save America (1 Mar 2019)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Dan Pfeiffer in the studio for a conversation about his presidential campaign, how Democrats can win the Midwest and what he’s bringing to the table as the youngest candidate in the race.

Stephen Colbert (15 Feb 2019)

MSNBC (14 Feb 2019)

As the Democratic 2020 presidential field continues to take shape, where does one hopeful, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg stand on the issues, ranging from the Green New Deal to capitalism and government experience? Buttigieg joins Morning Joe to discuss.

University of Chicago Institute of Politics (13 Feb 2019)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined the IOP for a conversation on the future of America, Democracy, and his political career. Mayor Buttigieg discussed his plans to join the 2020 presidential race after his current term of Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and described his vision for America. Mayor Pete also discussed his new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future. This conversation was moderated by Sara Burnett of the Associated Press.

MSNBC (6 Feb 2019)

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) joins MTP Daily to talks on why he has the experience to run for president. Plus, he discusses the sexual assault allegation and blackface scandals embroiling Democratic leaders in Virginia.

CBS News (31 Jan 2019)

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says he is exploring the possibility of a presidential run in 2020. The potential Democratic candidate joins CBSN with more on why he feels he is qualified to lead the country.

CBS This Morning (31 Jan 2019)

The Democratic field of potential presidential candidates is quickly growing. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched a presidential exploratory committee last week. Buttigieg joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new book, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” and share why he’s exploring a 2020 bid.

The View (31 Jan 2019)

The openly gay Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, opens up about why he’s running for president.

CBS News (23 Jan 2019)

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has announced he’s forming an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race. CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe joins CBSN after Buttigieg spoke in Washington.

CBS News (23 Jan 2019)

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential bid. Andrew Downs, director of the Indiana University Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, joins CBSN with more on what Buttigieg would bring to the race.

MSNBC (23 Jan 2019)

Chris Hayes talks with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of a South Bend, Indiana, who could possibly be the first openly gay president of The United States.

Washington Post (14 Dec 2018)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis discuss how they are approaching safety concerns and other variables presented by new technology while working to make their states and communities attractive for job-producing, urban development projects and businesses.

CBS This Morning (18 Jul 2017)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, has worked to bring new jobs and industry to his city. He transformed old factories into a business park for tech companies and raised the minimum wage for city employees. Buttigieg joins “CBS This Morning” to talk about ways to bring jobs back and how to fix health care for states.

TEDxUND (18 Mar 2015)