Buttigieg Launches Campaign, Calls For ‘A New American Spring’

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially launched his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 on Sunday, calling for a “new American spring.”

“You and I have the chance to usher in a new American spring,” he told a crowd of supporters at a rally in South Bend. “So with hope in our hearts and with fire in our bellies, let’s get to work and let’s make history.”

Buttigieg, 37, made the announcement almost three months after launching an exploratory committee. 

“My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete,” he said. “I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States.”

Buttigieg, an Afghanistan veteran, has seen his poll numbers climb in recent months and his campaign raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, emerging as a serious candidate in the presidential race. 

Buttigieg has placed third in recent polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire, which will host the two earliest major presidential nominating contests in 2020.

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