Feb 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

South Carolina paper The State endorses Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Pete for America event February 24, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

What they're saying: The paper noted that the eventual Democratic presidential nominee would face a "formidable general election opponent" in President Trump, "an incumbent armed with a strong economic record and a force of personality that has spawned a fiercely loyal base of supporters."

  • That required the Democrats to nominate "an energetic, disciplined candidate who can offer voters a powerful yet pragmatic vision of a better America" and bring Americans together "based on broad common ground — and not divide them along narrow interests," and Buttigieg is "the best person to meet these challenges."

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