South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially launched his presidential campaign yesterday, and pulls into third among Democratic voters right behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg said to cheers,
“My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States. I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor. More than a little bold—at age 37—to seek the highest office in the land. … But we live in a moment that compels us each to act.
The horror show in Washington is mesmerizing, all-consuming. But starting today, we are going to change the channel.”
Donations poured in after his announcement, with supporters contributing more than $1 million to Buttigieg’s campaign in the four hours following his speech Sunday, his campaign communications adviser Lis Smith tweeted.
According to the Buttigieg aide, the committee currently has 32 people on staff and plans to get to 45 or 50 staffers by the end of the month. That initially small staff has meant the mayor has spent very little of the $7 million his team raised in his fundraising quarter.
Chasten Buttigieg, the mayor’s husband and a teacher, is slated to do a number of speeches, to LGBTQ and education groups. And Buttigieg will follow up his announcement with a trip to New York for a fundraiser in Brooklyn today, followed by a two-day trip to Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He spoke with Ellen last week and he’ll appear on The Rachel Maddow Show tonight @9. (I’m sure he’ll talk to straight reporters too. Kidding!)
Writer Kevin Sessums summed up my feelings and pride in a Facebook post,
“Just watched this magnificent speech by Pete Buttigieg launching his presidential campaign and am more certain than ever that I have made the right choice in backing Mayor Pete for president.”
Watch him deliver the goods below.
Some news: since delivering his announcement speech, our grassroots supporters have invested more than $1m in @PeteButtigieg’s campaign.
C’mon- let’s keep it going for #PeteForAmerica
(Photos, YouTube; via CNN)