Buttigieg Shifts Plans, Will Attend King Holiday Event In SC

Jan 19, 2020

Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks with a voter following an event with Supermajority on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Columbia, S.C.
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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has rearranged his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr. Buttigieg’s campaign said in a statement Saturday night that the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, “looks forward to being with the citizens and leaders of Columbia” as they celebrate the federal holiday that commemorates the late civil rights leader.

Buttigieg had already committed to attend a King celebration in South Bend, but shifted his plans to include the South Carolina events.

Buttigieg has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities.