Jan 1, 2020

Buttigieg's hand-picked successor to take over as South Bend mayor

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With a new year comes a new title for 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg: former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

The big picture: Buttigieg's term as mayor will end Wednesday as James Mueller, who served in Buttigieg's administration as chief of staff, is set to be sworn in. Buttigieg announced he would not run for re-election in 2018.

  • Mueller received Buttigieg's endorsement in February 2019. He won a crowded primary for the city's Democratic nomination in May.

Why it matters: The title change frees up Buttigieg's schedule at a vital time in the presidential race. While he hadn't been tied to his desk in South Bend, hometown commitments occasionally took him off the trail. Most notably, he paused campaigning in June after protests broke out in South Bend in the wake of an officer-involved shooting of a black man.

  • Buttigieg is now free to spend all his time in Iowa just weeks away from its first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3.
  • Buttigieg also holds an advantage over the five senators also competing for the nomination. The pending impeachment trial of President Trump would force Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet to remain in Washington.

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Buttigieg: Trump will have to stand next to an American war veteran

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg painted a strong contrast between himself and President Trump on the debate stage, and how he'd be able to take on Trump during a general election.

"I'm ready to take on Donald Trump because when we get to the tough talk, and the chest-thumping, he's going to have to stand next to an American war veteran and explain how he pretended bone spurs made him ineligible to serve."
— Mayor Pete Buttigieg

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign says it raised $24.7 million in Q4

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Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign said Wednesday that it raised $24.7 million during 2019's fourth quarter, reports CNN.

Why it matters: The outgoing South Bend, Ind., mayor's year-end haul topped the $19.2 million he raised in Q3, further solidifying his position as one of the top fundraisers in the Democratic field.

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Chris Wallace on impeachment, Buttigieg and smart reporting

In May, Chris Wallace held a town hall with Pete Buttigieg in New Hampshire. Photo: Fox News

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace — who has covered the Iowa caucuses since 1980 — is back in Des Moines, and he talked to me ahead of a town hall he's moderating with Pete Buttigieg tonight at 7 pm ET.

The big picture: I asked Wallace about Buttigieg's secret sauce: "Buttigieg is young, smart as the dickens, and a fresh face on the national scene when folks are pretty tired of politics as usual. But are they willing to push the envelope this far — 38, medium-town mayor, openly gay?"

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