You likely may only know, as did I before this interview, the Cliff Notes’ version of Mayor Pete that has managed to make national news. If you know who he is at all, you probably only know him as the young, gay Mayor of South Bend Indiana.
I strongly recommend that you watch this entire, 27 minute interview that Pete Buttigieg did with Rachel Maddow this past Monday night.
I believe that he has raised the bar for the other candidates.
This interview will give you a much better idea of what makes him tick and, I believe, why he should be taken seriously as a candidate for the Presidency. Buttigieg enlisted in the Naval Reserve at the age of 26 after graduating from Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He served eight years, including a stint in Afghanistan. He came out as a gay man at age 33 before he ran for re-election as Mayor of South Bend. He won re-election and received 80% of the votes in doing so.
It is way too early to make any decision as to whom to endorse as the Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020. But I now really look forward to the Democratic debates and to not only hear what the candidates have to say, but to also see how they relate to one another.
Buttigieg certainly appears to be the real thing. I believe that he is beginning to lay down a significant and serious gauntlet for the other candidates.
Wikipedia summary of Pete Buttigieg’s life and career …