Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mayor Pete Campaign Says Candidate Raised Whopping $1 Million Hours After Announcement

Mayor Pete Campaign Says Candidate Raised Whopping $1 Million Hours After Announcement

Pete Buttigieg, the little-known IN 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 a youthful generation ready to reshape the country.

For Buttigieg, Sunday's upbeat gathering on a dreary, snowy mid-April afternoon was an important political juncture: a reintroduction to a party that has only begun to pay attention to this mayor with an unfamiliar name, but is now certainly listening closely as it searches for a standard-bearer.

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"I recognise the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor", he said.

The announcement comes in the midst of a busy week in the news for Buttigieg, who has been publicly trading barbs with Vice President Pence over the hot-button issues of marriage and faith. "I think Americans electing a gay President would have a great impact on their mentality, with all the news coverage opening a conversation on the subject". The bill's 14 co-sponsors include Sanders' fellow presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

"Every single person deserves health care they can afford, and no one should go bankrupt or suffer from illness because the cost is too high", said Booker, D-N.J. "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, the generation that is going to be on the business end of climate change for as long as we live". "We learned that's who Pete really is".

The official launch is expected to give his surprisingly strong campaign an additional boost.

Previously, the South Bend mayor had formed an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run, but hadn't yet declared a candidacy.

He was first elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana in 2011, making him the youngest mayor of a USA city with at least 100,000 residents.

On security, Buttigieg said it extends beyond just one political party - and beyond border security that was debated in 2016.

"The rain location may be a blessing in disguise because there is such symbolic power in that building and you can see in it the past, the present and the future", he said.

In a veiled attack on the Trump administration, he railed against the "myth being sold" be those who sought to "stop the clock and turn it back".

The building has recently been repurposed. When Buttigieg's husband Chasten came out to greet him after the speech, they kissed and the crowd roared.

Early in his first term Buttigieg set a goal to knock down 1,000 blighted houses in a thousand days - which the city exceeded.

Buttigieg's campaign raised more than $7 million in the first three months of this year, a total eclipsed by Sanders' leading $18 million but more than Sens. "We don't want to a top down, consultant-laden operation". US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II and the administrator of Medicare and Medicaid, Seema Verma, in separate appearances Monday, also ridiculed the "Medicare for All" plans that many Democrats are now promoting.

Buttigieg said the first-quarter fundraising results were "way ahead" of the campaign's original goals, according to the Associated Press.

"What our system does is get rid of insurance companies and drug companies making billions of dollars in profit every single year, " Sanders told CBS News for an interview set to air Wednesday, adding that private insurance would largely exist exclusively for elective medical care such as cosmetic surgery.

Here is a round-up of more crowd photos taken at the South Bend event and from watch parties around the country. She also shared the Buttigieg's watching the monitor backstage. "Yes", she said during the 30-minute conversation in her Capitol office. "I don't have a problem with religion. Otherwise, they are complete opposites".

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