Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
- mayor of South Bend, Indiana, 2012-present
- veteran Afghanistan war
- born Jan. 19, 1982, in South Bend
- graduated Harvard 2004; Pembroke College, Oxford, 2007
- Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president, and the youngest person in history, to occupy the Oval Office.
Buttigieg on impeachment:
“Sooner or later, it had to come because any one of these abuses that we’ve seen over recent years, anyone of them could have been career-ending for any other president… now, the Constitution is kicking in, and there’s going to be a process that leads to some sort of accountability.” Source: Heavy.com
Slogan: A Fresh Start for America
Mayor’s plans to offer “‘Medicare for All Who Want It,” including undocumented immigrants, but still keep private insurance.
Buttigieg backs a single-payer health care system, but would first implement all-payer rate setting.*
Buttigieg is pro-choice.
In August 2019, Buttigieg released a $300 billion plan to expand mental health care services and to fight addiction.
* Single payer aims to increase efficiency and reduce insurer overhead in the health care system by eliminating private plans for one government plan. All-payer rate setting gets there by setting one price that every health insurer pays for any given medical procedure.
The mayor supports red flag laws to help stem gun-related suicide. He also wants to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Supports universal background checks and opposes allowing guns in schools and so-called “Stand Your Ground” self-defense gun laws.
Buttigieg also wants to ban those convicted of hate crimes from owning guns, repeal the laws that protect the gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits, establish a federal gun licensing system, repeal the Dickey Amendment, which disallows the CDC from funding gun violence research, and invest in urban gun violence prevention programs.
Buttigieg says climate change is a national security threat and deserves crisis-level attention from the federal government.
He would rejoin the Paris Climate pact.
Candidate pledges a plan for zero-emissions economy-wide by 2050 that focuses on expanding clean energy jobs and making the United States the world’s clean-tech leader.
He envisions zero emissions on new vehicles by 2035, with a tax credit of up to $10,000.
Buttigieg has said he would ban all new fossil fuel development on federal lands.
On renewable energy, Buttigieg calls for investing $200 billion over 10 years and spending $550 billion on deploying clean energy technologies.
Buttigieg was one of 407 U.S. mayors who signed a pact to adhere to the Paris climate agreement after President Donald Trump pulled out of the international agreement 2017.
He believes climate change deserves crisis-level attention from the federal government.
He supports the government subsidizing solar panels, the Green New Deal, a carbon tax on the sale of fossil fuels, then distribute the revenue of this tax over the entire population as a regular payment.
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
The mayor would guarantee the right to join a union for all American workers.
Buttigieg also supports raising the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 and passing paid family and medical leave.
Buttigieg supports economic opportunities in the Green New Deal.
He vows to propose legislation to make public the gender pay gap at every large company.
Education/student debt/free tuition
The South Bend mayor supports debt-free college for lower-income families through a state-federal partnership that makes public tuition affordable or free at lower incomes and large increases in Pell Grants to provide basic living expenses.
Buttigieg doesn’t support free public college for all Americans.
On his website, Buttigieg called for middle- and low-income families to pay “zero tuition” at public colleges or to attend them “debt-free.”
Mayor Buttigieg would recommit the US to the Iran nuclear deal.
A former U.S. Naval Reserve officer, Buttigieg says work done abroad should be done with consideration of American interests and values, and with US allies in mind.
Buttigieg wants to work with China on climate change, and move beyond trade to address Beijing’s human rights violations.
Buttigieg deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 (for six months) and advocates for withdrawing most American troops there while leaving a US military presence behind.
He doesn’t support the politics of far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he still supports Israel and views it as an ally and democratic state.
“What President Trump does is wake up in the morning and have a phone call or maybe a tweet and completely change years or even decades of U.S. policy, surprising his own generals and country.” — Buttigieg on NBC’s “Meet the Press” 10/20/19
Buttigieg supports repealing and replacing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).
On Syria and Afghanistan, he said, “endless war cannot continue.”
The mayor would recommit the US to the Iran nuclear deal.
He would withhold some US taxpayer money from Israel if it annexes parts of the West Bank.
Buttigieg supports the legalization of cannabis, criminal justice reform, and the removal of criminal records for cannabis-related convictions.
He relates his own experience with marijuana.*
He said, “The safe, regulated and legal sale of marijuana is an idea whose time has come for the United States.”
Legalizing marijuana and ending incarceration for drug possession would be part of his proposal to reduce incarceration by 50 percent.
*“I have, a handful of times, a long time ago, and I’ve also encountered a lot of people whose lives have really been shaken by the old war on drugs approach,” Buttigieg told Fox News in Las Vegas.
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