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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

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Ellen DeGeneres (21 Feb 2020)




MSNBC – Kevin Costner (11 Feb 2020)

Kevin Costner On Why He’s Backing Buttigieg. Kevin Costner is on the road stumping for former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He joins Stephanie Ruhle in Manchester, NH to explain why he is choosing to support Buttigieg. Aired on 2/11/20.

PBS (10 Feb 2020 at 10:00 AM CT)

Buttigieg holds campaign event in Plymouth a day before New Hampshire primary.

Daily Show (6 Feb 2020)

Everything you need to know about Pete Buttigieg.

CNN (4 Feb 2020 at ~ 6:00 PM CT)

Pete Buttigieg’s emotional response to his lead in the Iowa caucuses. Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg spoke to supporters after learning he is leading in the Iowa caucuses with 62 percent of the results reported.

2019 Archive

Below are older articles and videos about Pete Buttigieg.


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.

TIME (2 May 2019)

The Ellen Show (12 Apr 2019)

For the first time, presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened up about Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s recent comments accusing Buttigieg of being critical of Pence’s faith. The Mayor of South Bend, Indiana also told Ellen if he wins the Democratic primary he’s open to having a woman on the ticket.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has yet to officially announce his run for president, so Ellen encouraged him to share the big news on the show. Plus, the Indiana politician explained why it’s good to have a lot of Democratic candidates running for office, and how his husband of one year, Chasten, feels about possibly becoming the first First Gentleman in the White House.

CNN (8 Apr 2019)

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg again took on Vice President Mike Pence — whose stances on LGBTQ issues have faced criticism from gay rights activists — saying that if Pence has “a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

The Young Turks – Ana Kasparian (8 Apr 2019)

Is Pete Buttigieg really a progressive? Ana Kasparian breaks it down on #NoFilter. [Note: This report is critical of Pete looking for examples of how he isn’t a ‘true’ progressive.]

NBC News – Chuck Todd (7 Apr 2019)

In an exclusive interview with meet the Press, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) talks to Chuck Todd about his 2020 presidential bid and why he believes Democrats are looking for generational change.

Global News Toronto Canada (6 Apr 2019)

Speaking at an LGBTQ Victory Fund brunch in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, possible 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg discusses all the problems he wrestled with when he came out as gay.

Global News Toronto Canada (6 Apr 2019)

Possible 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Concord, New Hampshire for a meet and greet at a bookstore on Saturday. Pete Buttigieg rallies against white nationalism, calls climate security a ‘life and death issue’

CBS News (4 Apr 2019)

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a potential 2020 contender, said he has stopped using the term “All Lives Matter” in context to the racial injustice movement. He made the comments after speaking to the National Action Network convention.

MSNBC – Lawrence O’Donnell (1 Apr 2019)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Lawrence to talk about what he would do as President about the Mueller report, the Trump tax cuts, the war in Afghanistan, and more.

CNN – Van Jones Show (30 Mar 2019)

CNN’s Van Jones sits down with South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg who realizes he is having a “moment” in the 2020 presidential race.

CNN (28 Mar 2019)

Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg says his Episcopalian faith is a key part of who he is. CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich takes a closer look.

Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM (26 Mar 2019)

Pete Buttigieg, Democrat mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nom and explains what his black agenda is. Plus, Buttigieg goes into what it’s like to be an openly gay politician running for president.

MSNBC (26 Mar 2019)

The potential 2020 contender discusses the Trump administration move to strip health care from millions and remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Real Time with Bill Maher (26 Mar 2019)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Bill to discuss his potential candidacy for President of the United States.

Overtime: Pete Buttigieg, Preet Bharara, Elissa Slotkin, S.E. Cupp, Andrew Sullivan

The View (26 Mar 2019)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, has been slowly gaining momentum since he launched his exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential run in January. Recently, that momentum has spiked, fueling speculation the Democrat will officially announce his candidacy soon. Associated Press political reporter Sara Burnett has been following Buttigieg’s rise. She joined CBSN to discuss whether this momentum can carry him to the White House.

The View (22 Mar 2019)

Pete Buttigieg on Nation’s Economy and Reparations for African Americans. The Democratic presidential candidate shares why the country needs to make economic growth more inclusive.

The View (22 Mar 2019)

The Democratic presidential candidate discusses his rising popularity and being a man of faith.

MSNBC (20 Mar 2019)

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, continues his discussion on Morning Joe, talking about his foreign policy views, North Korea, racial divisions, the idea of a service year after high school and the importance of generational change in political leadership.

MSNBC (20 Mar 2019)

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, joins Morning Joe for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from the role faith plays in his life and if he’s a capitalist to removing money from politics and how being a mayor is good preparation for the White House.

Fox News (17 Mar 2019)

2020 Sunday Sit-down: 37-year-old Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his core message and the key issues.

WMUR-TV (14 Mar 2019)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg joins Adam Sexton for the third installment of the “Conversation with the Candidate” series. In this portion, see a more traditional town-hall style format where the voters primarily ask questions of the candidate.

Scripps College (14 Mar 2019)

Heartland politics: rather than a monolithic “flyover country,” the midwestern voting public can be—as both parties learned during the last presidential election—stubbornly elusive. Who better to make that point than an openly gay, Millennial war veteran serving his second term as Democratic mayor in a Rust Belt state that Trump won by 20 percent? Pete Buttigieg, who was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana, in 2011 at the age of 29, has been described by the Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” and by the New York Times as “the perfect Democratic candidate.” He visits Scripps to discuss his new book, Shortest Way Home, which details his visionary work in South Bend and its implications for the future of America. Peter Hamby, political journalist and current head of news at Snapchat, joins him for a conversation.

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.

Politics and Prose (17 Feb 2019)

When Buttigieg left a successful business career to return to South Bend, Indiana, his hometown had been declared a “dying city” by Newsweek magazine. Elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, Buttigieg, a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Navy veteran, was determined to change that. Going directly to the community, he met with residents, reclaimed abandoned houses, confronted gun violence, and attracted high-tech industry. Today South Bend is a shining success, and Buttigieg’s candid and compassionate account is both an inspiring story of how politics can and should work and an introduction to one of today’s rising political figures. Buttigieg is in conversation with Jonathan Allen, a journalist for NBC News and the co-author of the books “Shattered” and “HRC”. [Video posted to YouTube on 19 Feb 2019]

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)

Note: This page was originally 15 Feb 2019 at 9:48 AM. It was updated on 5 Feb 2020 at 12:46 PM and the date of the post was changed to reflect the date of revision.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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