2020 Presidential Election

Buttigieg Visits Morehouse In Effort To Build Black Support

Nov 18, 2019
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ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Buttigieg will speak at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta on Monday as he tries to expand his appeal among black voters who are critical to winning the Democratic presidential primary.

Buttigieg Touts Military Service, Wary Of Overstating Role

Nov 18, 2019
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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is leaning hard on his seven-month deployment as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan as a powerful credential, but the Democratic presidential candidate is walking a narrow path between giving that service its due and overstating it.

As his support grows, Buttigieg can expect greater scrutiny of his military record in a climate where service is far from sacred.

He’s careful to not call himself a combat veteran even as he notes the danger he faced.

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A Monmouth University Poll just released today has Pete Buttigieg polling highest in Iowa in the crowded Democratic field. 

According to the poll, four candidates are positioned near the top spot in Iowa's caucuses with Buttigieg getting support from 22%; Joe Biden is at 19%; Elizabeth Warren is at 18% and Bernie Sanders is at 13%. 

Compared with Monmouth's poll done in August, Buttigieg has gained 14 points. 

The poll report indicates Buttigieg has gained ground among every major demographic group in Iowa since the summer. 

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As the 2020 election season approaches, NPR has been conducting a series of "Off Script" conversations with presidential candidates. 

Friday and Saturday mornning NPR will air its "Off Script" conversation with Pete Buttigieg.

NPR's Scott Simon, the host of Weekend Edition Saturday is interviewing Buttigieg in South Bend. They will be joined by two area undecided voters. 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is paying at least $2.5 million for hosting a 2020 presidential debate.

Warren, Buttigieg Circle Each Other In Iowa As Caucuses Near

Nov 3, 2019
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DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party.

One Year Out: A Divided Nation Lurches Toward 2020 Election

Nov 3, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — One year from Sunday, voters will decide whether to grant President Donald Trump a second term in office, an election that will be a referendum on Trump's vision for America's culture and role in the world.

Top Democrats Clash Over Health Care At Marquee Iowa Event

Nov 2, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leading Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination clashed over the critical issue of health care while offering starkly contrasting visions for the nation's ideological direction before thousands of cheering Iowa activists at a raucous event kicking off the three-month sprint to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Mayors For Pete: Buttigieg Hunts For Support In City Halls

Oct 31, 2019
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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Pete Buttigieg works to prove the leader of a city of roughly 100,000 people is ready to assume the American presidency, he's relying on help from politicians who would know best: his fellow mayors.

Filing Period Opens For New Hampshire's Presidential Primary

Oct 30, 2019
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The lengthy list of 2020 presidential hopefuls started growing longer Wednesday as the filing period opened for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.

Buttigieg Starting To Pay Price For Success: More Scrutiny

Oct 25, 2019
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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is starting to pay the price of success.

Buttigieg Calls Facebook's Political Ad Policy A 'Mistake'

Oct 24, 2019
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NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that he believes Facebook's policy to not filter out phony political ads is "a mistake" and that breaking up big tech companies should be "on the table."

Buttigieg Used Marijuana 'A Handful Of Times'

Oct 23, 2019
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's used marijuana "a handful of times a long time ago," and that it's time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana.

Can Pete Buttigieg, Cool And Cerebral, Second That Emotion?

Oct 18, 2019
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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — John McAnear, a 77-year-old Air Force veteran, stood in an audience of hundreds in suburban Des Moines with an oxygen tank at his side, wheezing as he implored Pete Buttigieg to protect the Veterans Administration.

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According to the verified Twitter account for Pete Buttigieg's campaign, the candidate has raised more than $1 million in the 24 hours since Tuesday night's debate in Ohio. 

The campaign also says that in the last 24 hours, that Buttigieg has passed the threshold of having 600,000 individual donors. 

Building on that, the campaign has also been sending out text messages alerting supporters about what is going on. One of those texts reads in part "...we're having one of our biggest grassroots days of the campaign, raising over $1 million with an average gift of $24."

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Elizabeth Warren’s plan by leaning into his own Midwestern credentials.

“This is why people here in the Midwest are so frustrated with Washington in general and Capitol Hill in particular,” Buttigieg said, reminding voters of his profile as a mayor from a red state.

Buttigieg has tried to carve out a lane for himself as a moderate bridge-builder and a fresh-faced alternative to the space occupied by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been popular with white working-class voters.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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For the first time in the university's history, Notre Dame will host a presidential debate. It will be in Purcell Pavilion Sept. 29, 2020.

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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."

AP Interview: The Hopes And Fears Of Buttigieg's Mom

Sep 28, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Several times a week, Anne Montgomery makes her way a few miles from her home to a fifth-floor office in downtown South Bend that teems with young adults working to elect her son president. She reads letters that bring back anxieties about being the mother of Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay man to run for president.

Is America Ready For Gay President? Iowa Casts First Votes

Sep 21, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president?

Buttigieg Calls Warren 'Extremely Evasive' On Health Taxes

Sep 19, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is accusing his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren of being "extremely evasive" when it comes to explaining how she'd finance a universal health care plan.

Speaking on CNN on Thursday, Buttigieg issued his most pointed attack yet on the Massachusetts senator, saying she "was extremely evasive when asked that question, and we've seen that repeatedly."

Buttigieg Unveils Community-Focused Disaster Relief Plan

Sep 17, 2019
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GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is unveiling his community-focused approach to disaster relief in a South Carolina community hit hard by Hurricane Florence last year, pledging to reinforce the response to weather events he says are exacerbated by climate change.

No Millennial Bump For Buttigieg, But Hints Of Broad Appeal

Sep 15, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own.

Democratic Presidential Debate Tonight In Houston

Sep 12, 2019

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems Urge Voters To Not Play It Safe

Sep 8, 2019
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates urged voters in New Hampshire on Saturday to not play it safe in the 2020 election, leveling an implicit critique of front-runner Joe Biden.

Democratic Candidates Focus On Climate Change In Town Halls

Sep 5, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party's liberal base.

Buttigieg Racing To Build Person-To-Person Network In Iowa

Sep 2, 2019
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the back of a West Des Moines brew pub, a dozen supporters of Pete Buttigieg sipped craft beer and wine, scribbling members of their social circles on campaign worksheets — clubs, yoga groups, jobs, school organizations.

Buttigieg Making Faith-Based Appeal To Voters In 2020 bid

Aug 25, 2019
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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible.