The 37-year-old mayor from the Midwest, Pete Buttigieg, officially announced his campaign for President on Sunday. During his speech in South Bend, Indiana, he told his own story – and one he wants to see the country live up.
“[T]his time, it’s not just about winning an election — it’s about winning an era,” said Buttigieg in his announcement speech. “The horror show in Washington is mesmerizing, all-consuming. But starting today, we are going to change the channel. Sometimes a dark moment brings out the best in us, what is good in us, dare I say, what is great in us.”
Freedom is a major theme of his campaign, which is focusing on health care, immigration, the economy, and climate change. Buttigieg is a military veteran.
The men and women in his unit “cared about whether my M-4 was locked and loaded, not whether I was going home to a girlfriend or a boyfriend,” referring to the freedom to marry, secured nationwide in 2015. Mayor Pete’s husband is online sensation Chasten Buttigieg.
Watch his full speech.