South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has officially launched his long-anticipated bid for the White House, acknowledging the long odds he faces but offering campaign themes that revolve around his youth and the idea that he has revitalized a downtrodden Midwest city.
"When it comes to experience, right now, nothing could be more relevant than leading one of America's turnaround cities," Buttigieg said at a news conference Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., where he is attending a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "I'm ready for a new way to lead America's people."
Buttigieg first announced his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 in a video released on social media early in the morning, featuring images of him in South Bend and with his husband, Chasten Glezman. The 37-year-old mayor talked about his generation's hopes and expectations.
"I belong to a generation that is stepping forward right now," he says in the video. "We're the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11, and we're the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different. We can't just polish off a system so broken. It is a season for boldness and a focus on the future." (Watch the video here.)
Buttigieg emphasized the theme again at his news conference, telling reporters, "We stand to be the first generation ever to be worse off economically than our parent unless we change something."