2020 Presidential Election

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
Peter Ringenberg

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.