The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, officially announced his 2020 presidential campaign Sunday at a rally in his home town.
Update 6:30 p.m. EDT April 14: Buttigieg made the announcement before a standing-room-only crowd at a downtown tech hub that was once a Studebaker car factory.
The 37-year-old mayor touted improvements under his leadership, including a revitalized downtown and decreased unemployment, and said he’ll focus on three major issues in his campaign: security, improving democracy and freedom.
Buttigieg described security as "the idea that security and patriotism belong to one political party needs to end now."
He said democracy needs to work for everyone.
"No issue we care about, from gun safety to immigration, from climate to education to paid family leave, will be handled well unless our democracy is in better shape."
And he explained how he’ll focus on freedom.
"Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey," he said. "They only see ‘freedom from,' freedom from taxes, freedom from regulation … as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree.
"But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree. Your cable company can make you unfree. There’s a lot more to your freedom than the size of your government."
Original story: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Tuesday that he’s forming an exploratory committee ahead of a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
"Right now, our country needs a fresh start," Buttigieg said in a video announcing his plan to run. "We can't just polish off a system so broken. It is a season for boldness and a focus on the future."
I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 23, 2019
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