The 2020 Candidates: Mayor Pete Buttigieg
On Dec. 13, 2019, The Washington Post Live welcomed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for an interview with The Washington Post's Robert Costa.
The Washington Post Live's one-on-one interview series "The 2020 Candidates" features the men and women running for president as they make their case on key issues and how they hope to set themselves apart from a crowded field.
This week, The Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers, a years-long investigation that revealed senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign. Responding to the investigation, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said the investigation shows us why we need to end America’s longest war. “I thought I was one of the very last troops, turning out the lights, when I left years ago. And right now, somebody in Indiana is packing their bags, getting ready to go over, who possibly wasn’t alive on 9/11 and is wondering why exactly they’re going.’
  • Dec 13
Britain’s third general election in five years produced a landslide, nation-shaping Brexit victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said there are some lessons America can learn from across the pond. ‘ In America, today, most Americans are with us, and by us I mean my party...What we need to do right now is galvanize, not polarize, an American people that are ready to deliver these types of reforms.’
  • Dec 13
After the House Judiciary Committee’s historic vote to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump Friday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said in a Washington Post interview that such actions were necessary. “The House was left with no choice by the president behaving time and time again in ways that are an absolute affront to basic American values and constitutional norms…Something as grave, and as serious and as historic as the impeachment process is not something that we can view through a partisan or political lens.”
  • Dec 13
President Trump on Thursday announced a phase-one trade deal with China, but offered few details. During an interview with The Washington Post Live, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said the phase one phrasing struck him as “awfully squishy.” ‘I think it’s revealing that China has been a little more cautious about how they’re going to characterize this deal, if we have a deal.’
  • Dec 13
When asked about Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s speech this week criticizing candidates for taking donations from private donors, Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded, “The thing about these purity tests is the people issuing them cant even meet them. If doing traditional fundraisers disqualifies you from running for president, then I guess neither one of us would be here.”
  • Dec 13
When asked if he will be selecting a person of color as a running mate, Buttigieg responded, “I don’t think its responsible for me to disqualify anyone right now.” He added that in choosing a running mate and building a cabinet “racial diversity and gender diversity are extremely important.”
  • Dec 13
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.
Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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