New POTUS Contender: This Is 'a Season for Boldness'

Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg would be first openly gay US president if elected in longshot candidacy
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2019 6:10 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2019 6:42 AM CST
2020 Race Just Got Its First Openly Gay Candidate
In this Jan. 10, 2019, photo, Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks with an AP reporter in South Bend, Ind.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A new presidential exploratory committee has been formed, with the candidate telling supporters it's a "season of boldness." That's per an email sent by Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend., Ind., who, although a long shot for the Oval Office, would be the first openly gay US president if elected, the Wall Street Journal notes. "I am aware of the odds we would face if we proceed to mount a national campaign," Buttigieg says in the email, which was supplemented Tuesday night by a video announcing his candidacy. "But I am exploring this run because I can offer a different experience and perspective than anyone else." Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran and Rhodes Scholar, came out as gay nearly four years after becoming South Bend's mayor in 2011; he won reelection with more than four-fifths of the vote.

He and his husband, Chasten Glezman, married in June. Per the Atlantic, Buttigieg also addressed in his email the fact that he's a candidate on the young side—he's barely above the minimum age requirement of 35 to be president—and noted someone his age would be more likely to take things like climate change and the country's debt issues seriously, because he'll be around longer to face the consequences of such things. "What will America look like in 2054, when I reach the age of the current president?" Buttigieg wrote in his email. "How will we look back on 2020?" (Buttigieg was once floated as a possibility to head the DNC.)

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