Buttigieg Opens South Bend Presidential Campaign Office

Oct 3, 2019

Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd in South Bend gathered for the opening of his South Bend presidential campaign office on Oct. 3, 2019.
Credit Annacaroline Caruso/WVPE

Democrat Pete Buttigieg was back in South Bend, where he is mayor, to open his 2020 presidential campaign office.

Big crowds gathered for the event Thursday at 218 Sycamore Street behind Fire Arts in South Bend.

In greeting the crowd, Buttigieg said, "Think about how far we've come? Y'know it's just six months, not even, since we were in that big Studebaker building  inviting people from across the land - telling the whole country - about what this was. We were still trying to get people to say my name. I mean, we still are, but it's getting closer."

Buttigieg announced his candidacy for president April 14th before a crowd of thousands packed into an old Studebaker building on a cold and rainy day in South Bend. 

Some pundits speculate that the opening of the 'Pete for America' South Bend field office is an indicator that Buttigieg believes his campaign will still be relevant when Indiana holds its primaries May 5, 2020. The Indiana primary typically occurs so deep into the political season that often the candidates are decided before then. However, that was not the case in 2016. By contrast, Iowa holds its first in the nation caucuses Feb. 3, 2020.

WVPE's Annacaroline Caruso is covering Buttigieg's campaign office opening in South Bend. This story will continue to be updated.