“How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? – Pete Buttigieg on VP Mike Pence

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Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is on the older cusp of the millennial generation.

But almost 20 years ago he caught on to one millennial trend way before the rest of his cohort. As a senior in high school, Buttigieg won the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest for a piece he wrote praising then-congressman Bernie Sanders.

Pete Buttigieg had the single biggest fundraising day of his 2020 campaign on Monday, according to an aide to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, receiving a significant boost after a widely heralded performance during a CNN town hall.

A series of top Democrats from across the party’s political spectrum touted Buttigieg’s hour on the CNN stage over the last 24 hours, arguing that the little-known mayor deserves a shot at the presidency because of what he displayed during the event moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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He called the Vermont socialist an “outstanding and inspiring” example of authenticity and idealism in politics.

“Sanders’ positions on many difficult issues are commendable, but his real impact has been as a reaction to the cynical climate which threatens the effectiveness of the democratic system,” the 17-year-old Buttigieg wrote.

Elected mayor of his hometown at 29, Buttigieg has for years drawn national attention as a rising star in the Democratic Party from an unexpected zip code. President Barack Obama mentioned him on a shortlist of promising young Democrats in 2016.

Buttigieg told POLITICS and BUSINESS INSIDER in a March phone interview that, as the lone millennial voice in the 2020 field, he hopes to reframe the policy debate around values and make pragmatic the new progressive.

His first priority as president would be passing a set of “democratic reforms,” including ending gerrymandering and expanding political representation for Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Most ambitiously, he supports a constitutional amendment to get rid of the electoral college.

And he’s gotten attention for his proposal to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 15 justices, a concept gaining traction on the left. The plan would allow Republicans and Democrats to each appoint five justices to the Court, and have those 10 justices unanimously agree on the remaining five appointees.

Buttigieg has criticized his party for ignoring the industrial Midwest and de-prioritizing local and state races, where Democrats lost hundreds of seats during Obama’s eight years.

But now the Midwestern mayor is following the party’s example by jumping into presidential politics. Some argue his time would be better spent running for governor of Indiana in 2020.

President Barack Obama’s former top adviser David Axelrod, a longtime Buttigieg fan, appears convinced the mayor is making a smart strategic move.

 

POLITICO report 

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday blasted Vice President Mike Pence — the former governor of Buttigieg’s home state, Indiana — for becoming “the cheerleader of the porn star presidency” after enacting policies of “social extremism” on the nonfederal level.

“Please don’t judge my state by our former governor,” Buttigieg said during a town hall in Austin, Texas, after he was asked whether Pence’s conservatism is representative of all Indianans.

Asked by Tapper whether he would prefer a President Pence or President Trump, Buttigieg struggled to answer, but said he previously trusted that Pence “at least he believes in our institutions” and did not consider him to be “personally corrupt.”

“But then how could he get on board with this presidency?” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg said that while his understanding of the Bible was rooted in “protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person,” Pence’s reading of the Gospel “has a lot more to do with sexuality” and “a certain view of rectitude.”

“But even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency?” Buttigieg added.

“Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing Donald Trump? I don’t know.”

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