On Sunday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, formally launched his presidential bid for 2020 while criticising President Donald Trump’s vision for the future of America. He has cast his candidacy as a direct rebuttal to Trump’s campaign and included his slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Buttigieg, while addressing the audience, tied his presidential bid to the recovery of South Bend, a touting of his 8 years as mayor of the city. He said ‘I’m here today. To tell a different story than “Make America Great again.” As a myth is being sold to industrial and rural communities, a myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back. His argument is that he, a gay, veteran mayor from the South Bend, is just that kind of different politician.
“Such type of stories only come from those people who think that the only way to reach communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia, by selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as great as advertised, to begin with. Because the problem is that they are asking us to look for greatness in all the wrong places.”
He further said that “Because if there is one thing the city of South Bend has shown, it’s that there is no such thing as an honest politics that revolves around the word ‘again.’ Now is the time to walk away from the politics of the past, and toward something totally different.”
Pete Buttigieg is the fastest rising Democratic candidate who is running for the presidential elections and his decision to exit the lengthy exploratory portion of his 2020 bid comes at a time when a series of polls have shown him to be firmly among candidates like Sens.
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