Could America soon have an out gay president? That’s not a certainty just yet, but one thing that is for certain is that Pete Buttigieg will be the first out gay politician to take part in a presidential debate.
Buttigieg was able to achieve this after amassing 65,000 donors, the minimum number required to take part in the official Democratic debates. The South Bend, Indiana mayor made the announcement on Twitter, thanking his supporters at the same time.
A spokesman with the Pete for America Exploratory Committee spoke to a local Indiana ABC affiliate, saying “We are building a community that believes in this bold vision for the future, and there are tens of thousands of people (75,025 to be exact) around the country who invested because they believe a midwestern, millennial, war veteran, mayoral voice should be part of the conversation.”
While Buttiegieg is not a household name, he has been gaining traction especially after his impressive performance at a recent CNN Town Hall. One particular quote outlined his accomplishments, especially when compared to the current president and vice-president of the United States.
“I have more years of government experience under my belt than the president. I also have more years of executive government experience than the vice president, and more military experience than anybody to walk into that office on day once since George H. W. Bush.” #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/JzAGFImtmy— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 11, 2019
After the CNN Town Hall, Buttiegieg raised over $600,000 in 24 hours.
Aside from being a mayor, Buttigieg is also an Afghanistan war veteran, deployed there back in 2014. Buttigieg cam out to his constituents in 2015 through an essay published in the South Bend Tribune. And according to Times editor Anand Giridharadas, Buttigieg apparently also learned Norwegian so he could read books in its original language.
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