If elected, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana mayor — would be the youngest U.S. president ever. He also would be the first openly gay president in the nation's history.
- Age: 37
- Born: South Bend
- Undergraduate: Harvard University, Oxford University
- Date candidacy announced: April 14
- Previous roles: Mayor. Began service in U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009, deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Worked for McKinsey & Company.
Buttigieg's stance on key issues
- College costs: Says college is too expensive for "too many people." He supports expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that clears loans in exchange for public service.
- Climate change: Supports the Paris climate agreement and Green New Deal. Wants net-zero emissions by 2050, double clean electricity by 2025, zero emissions in electricity generation by 2035, and net-zero emissions from industrial vehicles by 2040.
- Believes climate change is a national security threat and supports government-subsidized solar panels.
- Wants to create a Disaster Commission to oversee state, local, and volunteer organizations involved in natural disaster response.
- Guns: Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he supports universal background checks and banning guns in schools.
- Health care: Released a plan to expand Medicare coverage and keep private health insurance plans. Also wants to tackle how to manage surprise billing and introduce an out-of-pocket spending cap for Medicare.
- Introduced a $300 billion plan to bolster mental health and addiction support by increasing access.
- Immigration: Supports providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
- Discrimination: Supports updating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.
- Abortion: Has considered codifying Roe v. Wade, per AP. If elected, he would repeal the Hyde Amendment and appoint judges who "understand that freedom includes access to reproductive health and reproductive rights for women."
- Supreme Court: Proposed a 15-justice court with 5 Democratic appointees, 5 Republicans and 5 selected by agreement of the other justices.
- Electoral college: Supports abolishing it.
- Vaccines: Initially said he believes in personal exemptions to vaccines when there is no public health crisis. Following criticism, his campaign walked the position back.
- Foreign policy: Wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
- National service programs: Wants new national service programs with a network of 1 million members by 2026.
- Gig economy: Plans to protect gig-economy workers.
- The Douglass Plan: A series of reforms aimed at the "dismantling of racist structures and systems."
- Accepted donations from lobbyists: After criticism, Buttigieg announced he would return donations he received.
- Police recordings: Buttigieg demoted the South Bend police chief and fired the police communications director for illegally recording officers' calls that allegedly revealed racist comments.
- Police diversity: Suspended campaign to address a fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white police officer. He received criticism for the lack of diversity in his city's police force.
1 fun thing
- Buttigieg speaks 8 languages: English, Dari, Norwegian, Italian, French, Maltese, Arabic, and Spanish.
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