2020 Presidential Election

DETROIT (AP) — The second Democratic presidential debates will be held July 30 and 31 in Detroit.

The Democratic National Committee announced the location Tuesday. It will be broadcast live on CNN.

Candidates will be assigned randomly to one of the two stages. Each night's debate will have up to 10 candidates who meet certain fundraising and polling thresholds. Additional details such as the venue and moderators will be announced later.


UPDATE:  The South Bend, Indiana, mayor tweeted that his "Pete For America" team's initial report shows he and his supporters "are out-performing expectations at every turn."

He says that in the first quarter of 2019 his donors numbered 158,550.

The average value of each donation was $36.35.

The perecent of the total amount raised that came through contributions under $200 was 64%.

For perspective, another Democratic contender, California Sen. Kamala Harris, says her presidential campaign has raised $12 million this year during the first quarter.

Buttigieg Likes Chick-Fil-A's Chicken But Not Its Politics

Mar 27, 2019
Tony Krabill/WVPE

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg  says he does not approve of Chick-fil-A's politics but "kind of" approves of its chicken.

The mayor of South Bend drew laughs from the hosts of "The Breakfast Club" morning show on Tuesday for his answer.

Buttigieg, who is gay and married, suggested that he could forge a peace deal between the LGBTQ community and the Atlanta-based fast-food chain, which has donated millions over the years to groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

Buttigieg Gains With Crowds, TV Spots And Campaign Cash

Mar 26, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is riding in the back of a rented minivan to his last event of the day in South Carolina, munching on cold french fries and critiquing his stage performance so far.

New Poll Sees Buttigieg Surge in Iowa

Mar 25, 2019

In Emerson Polling’s second poll of the Iowa caucus, former Vice President Joe Biden narrowly leads the Democratic field with 25%, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 24%. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana has surged to 11% to come in third in the poll.

Buttigieg Book Talk In South Bend Tuesday Night

Mar 18, 2019

(SOUTH BEND) - Pete Buttigieg will be at the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend Tuesday night at 6:30 to talk about his book entitled "Shortest Way Home." 

The South Bend mayor and possible democratic presidential candidate kicked off his book tour last month at the Century Center at a ticketed event. 

Gillibrand Holding A Michigan Town Hall

Mar 18, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand holds a televised town hall meeting in Metro Detroit today.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will join Gillibrand at another event in the state.

 Gillibrand’s town hall meeting in Auburn Hills will be taped and broadcast tonight on M-S-N-B-C.


Tony Krabill / WVPE


NEW: Pete Buttigieg posted to Twitter Saturday morning that his exploratory committee has met and exceeded the 65,000 donor goal to be invited to the first DNC debate featuring Democratic presidential hopefuls. As of his Twitter posting, he had exceeded the goal and had received contributions from 76,025 donors. 

City of South Bend

REMINDER: You can watch Pete Buttigieg in an hour long 2020 Town Hall on CNN this weekend starting Sunday at 9pm.

Brandon Smith

State lawmakers are one step closer to allowing pharmacists to deny women access to abortion-inducing drugs.

University of Notre Dame


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced an exploratory commission for president today. Watchers in Michiana and beyond have been expecting such an announcement.

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart caught one of them on the phone. Dave Campbell is the Chair of the University of Notre Dame’s political science department.


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend


 South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee for a Presidential run in a video posted online this morning.

Buttigieg (pronounced: Bhudda-Judge) has been making moves toward a presidential run for a while now. He made a failed run for DNC chair in 2017, declared last month he wouldn’t run for a third term as mayor and has written a campaign book set to come out February 12.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he will not seek a third term in a Monday morning press conference.

Buttiegieg said he has been consulting with colleagues, friends and family about his decision.

“Through that consultation and that discernment, I know now that the time has come for me to prepare the city for new leadership again. And when my present term in office comes to a close a year and two weeks from now, at the end of 2019, I will not be seeking a third term as mayor.”

Buttigieg, Obama Talks Confirmed, Content Unclear

Jun 11, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”