Could Pete Buttigieg win the Democrats’ nomination for 2020?
You may be trying to avoid paying too much attention to the dramas of US politics, but this week has seen the – still very large – field of Democrat candidates hitting the debate stage.
There’s still so many candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination to contest the 2020 Presidential election that they can’t fit them all on one stage – the debates, hosted by CNN, were split over two nights.
Whether or not you get a vote in the US elections, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for Pete Buttigieg – the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Mayor Pete wants to be President, and if he’s successful he would be the first gay President of the United States.
Who is Pete Buttigieg?
Buttigieg has been the Mayor of the city of South Bend in Indiana since 2012. He’s 37 years old, a graduate from Harvard, a Rhodes Scholar, and a military veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Buttigieg is married – he and his husband Chasten Glezman were married in 2018.
Can he win?
When he first announced his intention to contest the nomination, Buttigieg was seen as a long-shot. He’s up against experienced politicians, with high profiles and the ability to raise significant financial backing. But, momentum and buzz continue to grow around Buttigieg. He could definitely be a contender. A nomination contest with a large field of candidates can be unpredictable, and Buttigieg has a strong profile within the Democratic party – a profile that he enhanced when he ran for the chair of the party in 2017, withdrawing before the final vote.
Buttigieg represents generational change in US politics. He represents mid-west voters. He connects with the day-to-day issues of the electorate in a way that feels authentic.
How’s his Gaydar?
Buttigieg has confessed that he has a bad ‘gaydar’.
The Advocate reports that in a conversation with Buzzfeed, Buttigieg said that – “My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time…” Buttigieg was responding to speculation as to whether James Buchanan – President of the US from 1857-1861 – was actually the first gay President.
When people refer to their ‘gaydar’ they’re talking about a sixth-sense that supposedly helps to determine whether a guy is queer or not.
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How did Mayor Pete perform in the debates?
While we may not have seen any major policy developments from Buttigieg at the debate, he managed to avoid any stumbles or gaffes – essential at this stage if he is to remain a contender.
One of the strengths shown by Buttigieg during this round of the debates was the way that he used his age. He’s the youngest candidate in the field, and that may be seen as a disadvantage. But on issues such as gun control, Afghanistan, and climate change, Buttigieg cleverly demonstrated how he can use his relative youth to connect with voters and to distance himself from rivals such as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
Although his poll numbers remain well behind front-runners such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg is among the candidates who have already qualified for the third round of debates in September – he’s met the fundraising and polling requirements to stay in the race.
There’s more to come from Pete Buttigieg.