Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden sees the enthusiasm of donors and solid polls after the controversy Booker launches his campaign tour in New Jersey Sanders sees the way forward to beat Trump at Rust Belt PLUS, the mayor of South Bend, in Indiana, officially launched Sunday his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020, calling for a "new American spring."
"You and I are fortunate to usher in a new American Spring," he told a crowd of supporters at a rally in South Bend. "So, with hope in our hearts and with fire in our bellies, let us get to work and make history."
Buttigieg, 37, made the announcement almost three months after launching an exploratory committee.
"I'm calling Pete Buttigieg, they call me Mayor Pete," he said. "I am a proud son of South Bend, in Indiana, and I am running for the presidency of the United States."
"I'm calling Pete Buttigieg, they're calling me Mayor Pete, I'm a proud son of South Bend, in Indiana, and I'm running for president of the United States."
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Buttigieg was introduced Sunday by several mayors, including Austin's Steve Adler, who qualified Buttigieg as "mayor" and "mayor among mayors".
"I am here today with other mayors because we know something that this country needs to know and we are in a unique position to know it.We can answer the question asked by many Americans Yes, Mayor Pete, in America, really so special, "said Adler.
The Afghan veteran of recent months has seen his number of votes increase and his campaign has raised more than $ 7 million in the first quarter of 2019, becoming a serious candidate for the presidential race.
Buttigieg is ranked third in recent polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, which will host the two largest major presidential nomination contests in 2020.
The mayor has also seen his favorability ratings rise by more than 30 points since February, according to a recent survey.
Mr Buttigieg said his campaign would be built around three fundamental principles: freedom, security and democracy.
Buttigieg, who is gay, said, "You're certainly not free if a county clerk" needs to determine whether you can get married or not. He added that "you are not free if your choices in reproductive health are dictated by politicians".
Mayor of South Bend tried his luck President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH, Spokesperson: We are working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities. Trump asserts that he has the legal right to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary towns. Sanders asks him to delete his business plan PLUS when he moved to "security", claiming that there is "much more to do for security than to lay a wall from one sea to the other", a reference to the efforts of Trump to build a wall along the southern border. Buttigieg also said that the United States "should have nothing to fear from children fleeing violence".
"I'm here today to tell a different story from Make America Great Again," he said without naming Trump. "I believe in the greatness of America. I believe in American values. "
He also stressed "climate security", calling climate change "a matter of life and death", and called for "ensuring our security against white nationalism".
On the subject of democracy, Buttigieg criticized the crackdown on voters and the constituency, while apparently asking Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, to acquire statehood.
Mr Buttigieg also said on Sunday that he acknowledged "the audacity" to run for president of the "Midwestern Millennium Mayor," the "more than a little daring" caller. .
"But we live in a moment that forces us all to act," he added, calling for a new generation of leaders. "The forces that are changing our country today are tectonic, this time it is not just about winning elections, it is about winning an era."
-Updated 16 hours