Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg Announces Run For President, Vying To Become First Gay President
By ABC News // April 14, 2019
37-year-old leader of Indiana’s fourth-largest city
ABOVE VIDEO: Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially joins the 2020 presidential race.
(ABC NEWS) – As Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old leader of Indiana’s fourth-largest city, officially joined the 2020 contest on Sunday at a rally in his hometown, he embarks on a historic quest: if elected, he would be the first openly gay president to occupy the White House.
With his husband, Chasten, who would be the first gentleman, at his side, the South Bend mayor’s candidacy has pushed the conversations around sexual orientation and faith beyond the boundaries set by traditional American presidential politics.
There has never been a viable openly LGBTQ candidate for the nation’s highest office.
Buttigieg, in front of a large crowd at the site of a former Studebaker car factory turned tech center in the center’s downtown core, spoke about the “audacity” of his bid.
“I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor. More than a little bold — at age 37— to seek the highest office in the land,” he said.
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