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PoliticsWhat Pete Buttigieg's speech says about his presidential campaign

16:10  15 april  2019
16:10  15 april  2019 Source:   indystar.com

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Although Buttigieg is making his announcement official on Sunday, he officially dropped "exploratory" from his committee with the Federal Election Commission on " Pete 's a different kind of candidate and we want to build a different kind of campaign ," said Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg ' s campaign manager.

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But he did emphasize several ideas that could be telling as his formal candidacy ramps up and as the Democratic Party nears its first presidential debates in June. And there was one thing that, notably, he didn't say one word about.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg , the Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of youthful generation ready to reshape the country.

On Sunday, Buttigieg -- the fastest-rising Democratic candidate in the large and growing field of presidential hopefuls -- will officially announce his presidential campaign , exiting the lengthy exploratory portion of his 2020 bid at an event inside the once bustling Studebaker plant that, when

Here are the key issues Buttigieg talked about Sunday — and a big one he avoided.

U.S. economy

As he has done often since forming an exploratory committee in January, Buttigieg wove the story of his hometown’s industrial decline and new trajectory into a narrative that rules out an American economic strategy built on declining 20th-century industries, though he said little Sunday as to what that future might look like.

“There’s a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities. The myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back. ... They’re selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as great as advertised to begin with.”

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Buttigieg said in his announcement speech : There’s a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg ’ s campaign manager, said . “ Pete ’s a different kind of candidate, and we want to build a different kind of campaign .

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Intergenerational justice

Buttigieg has used this term to describe a suite of issues — war, climate change, economic struggle — not only in the context of their impact on younger Americans but as a tentpole argument for why the 37-year-old millennial is running for president.

“I come from that generation that grew up with school shootings as the norm, the generation that produced the bulk of the troops in the post-9/11 conflicts," he said. "The generation that is going to be on the business end of climate change for as long as we live. We’re a generation that stands to be the first ever in America to come out worse off economically than our parents if we don’t do something truly different.”

Climate change as a security issue

Buttigieg singled out one part of his intergenerational justice argument, climate change, and declared it a national security challenge.

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"Our economy is on the line, our future is on the line, lives are on the line," he said. "So let's call this what it is: climate security, a life-and-death issue for our generation."

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Freedom through (not from) government

Buttigieg criticized what he called the more conservative connotation of the word "freedom," one that he said refers simply to freedom from the government. He instead talked about government having a role in promoting other freedoms: from racism, gender inequality, unfair working conditions, financial exploitation, a lack of affordable health care.

"Our conservative friends care about freedom, but they only make it part of the way. They only see freedom ‘from.’ Freedom from taxes, freedom from regulation.' As though government were the only thing that can make somebody unfree."

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He didn’t mention Mike Pence

Buttigieg delivered one of the more controversial lines during a well-received CNN town hall last month when he referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency,” in reference to allegations tying President Donald Trump to an adult film actress.

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The past several weeks have seen an escalating war of words between Buttigieg and Pence, with the South Bend mayor criticizing the former Indiana governor’s conservative views on LGBTQ issues and Pence and other Republicans firing back that the South Bend mayor is distorting Pence’s record for political gain.

The two Hoosier politicians have a more complex relationship than the recent tension would suggest. In fact, the venue where Buttigieg announced his run — Studebaker Building 84 — was renovated with money that Pence as governor fought to secure.

But Buttigieg didn’t mentioned Pence once during his 36-minute speech Sunday.

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