The 2020 Candidates: Mayor Pete Buttigieg
On May 23, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa sat down one-on-one with Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Buttigieg discussed the issues that are driving his campaign, how he hopes to set himself apart from a crowded field, and why he believes a 37-year-old mayor of a midsize American town is qualified to be the next Commander-in-Chief. 
Buttigieg's interview will also marks the premiere of The 2020 Candidates, The Washington Post Live's one-on-one interview series featuring the candidates.
Highlights
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he has a ‘dim view’ of President Trump using his ‘privileged status’ to ‘fake a disability’ to avoid Vietnam War service.
  • May 23, 2019
When asked whether he believes President Trump is racist, Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg quickly answered,’ I think so.’ ‘The problem with the President is he does and says racist things, and he gives cover to other racists.”
  • May 23, 2019
When asked whether he agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that President Trump’s ducking of congressional subpoenas amounts to him engaging in a “coverup”, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg Buttigieg said, without hesitation, “Yeah…The coverup is in plain sight, I don’t even know if you can call it a coverup if its done in plain sight. A cover up is not only supposed to be hiding something, but it’s self-hidden.”
  • May 23, 2019
President Trump has reportedly asked the Justice Department to ready paperwork to pardon several U.S. service members accused or convicted of war crimes, a move Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg calls ‘disgusting.’ “If you are convicted by a jury of your military peers of having committed a war crime, the idea that the president is going to overrule that is an affront to the basic idea of good order and discipline and to the idea of law, the very thing that we’re putting our lives on the line to defend.”
  • May 23, 2019
When asked if he’s prepared for the jabs President Trump may throw at him if he wins the nomination, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said, ‘I don’t have a problem standing up to somebody who was, you know, working on season 7 of ‘The Apprentice’ when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan.’
  • May 23, 2019
In a lightning round, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg answers questions on the climate crisis, his spouse, China, Israel, Facebook, immigration and other issues.
  • May 23, 2019
Full Program
On May 23, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa sat down one-on-one with Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Buttigieg discussed the issues that are driving his campaign, and why he believes a 37-year-old mayor of a midsize American town is qualified to be the next Commander-in-Chief.
  • May 23, 2019
Pete Buttigieg
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Pete Buttigieg is in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Pete was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Under his leadership, South Bend has reimagined its role in the global economy, spurring job growth and major investment in advanced industries such as data and technology. An officer in U.S. Navy Reserve from 2009-17, Buttigieg took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan during a seven-month deployment in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work. On April 14, Buttigieg officially announced his presidential bid.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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