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Pete Buttigieg, also known as Mayor Pete, (1982–) was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.[note 1][1] He is running a campaign for the 2020 U.S. presidency on the Democratic ticket.[2] He announced his campaign for President on January 23, 2019.[3]

Buttigieg is openly gay and married.[4] He is a Rhodes Scholar, and winner of the 2000 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, for an essay on Bernie Sanders.[5] He was a Navy lieutenant,[6] and Afghanistan War veteran.[7] He is generally seen as one the more centrist members of the Democratic Party and would probably be an outright right-winger in Western Europe. He is also inexplicably popular, though not among progressives.


  • Supports same-sex marriage, being in such a marriage himself.[8] Wants to extend civil-rights legislation to protect the LGBTQ community.[5]
  • Favors transitioning towards a single-payer healthcare system by first providing a public option.[note 2][9] Does not support eliminating private health insurance.[5]
  • Considers climate change to be a national security threat, why only military threats can be considered serious is a question left to the reader. Supports the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Wants to subsidize solar panels.[5]
  • Endorses the Green New Deal.[10]
  • Believes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)[note 3] has caused significant job losses in the Midwest. Supports labor unions.[5]
  • Wants to ban guns in schools and the nullification of "stand-your-ground" laws. Supports universal background checks before gun purchases.[5]
  • Supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Opposes Trump's plan to pull out of Syria. Considers Iran to be a serious threat to Israel. Only supports military deployment if diplomacy fails.[5]
  • Favors the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program, wants to provide undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children with a path to citizenship.[5]
  • Wants to pack the Supreme Court to thirteen Justices.[11]
  • Is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College.[12]
  • Opposes the leaking of government documents by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, also opposing former President Obama's clemency of Manning's prison sentence.[13]
  • Supports marijuana legalization.[14]
  • Supports mandatory military service.[15]


  1. This earned him the nickname "Mayor Pete."
  2. The public option is a government-run health insurance plan that competes with private insurance.
  3. This was renegotiated by the Trump administration and is now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).