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The Candidates: Pete Buttigieg

The Candidates: Pete Buttigieg

Update: 2019-11-2239
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Today we launch Part One in our series on pivotal moments in the lives of the 2020 presidential front-runners. In studio with “The Daily,” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., talks about how his lifelong political ambitions were complicated by the secret he kept for decades.

Guests: 

  • Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • Jeremy W. Peters, a politics reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.


“The Candidates” is a new series from “The Daily” exploring pivotal moments in the lives of top presidential contenders in the 2020 election. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

Comments (10)

JRoss Levine

I agree there was too much focus in this interview on his being gay, but I was still glad to get his perspectives on it. The sad fact of the matter is that sexual preference is still relevant, and if hearing this sort of honest, very candid discussion helps to make more voters at ease with the issue of his gayness, then it's important for people to hear it. Any thoughts that we might be living in a post-racial America after Obama was elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2012, were pretty much blown out of the water with the election of Donald Trump. We are moving in the right direction, it's true. But we still have so far to go. There's no way Trump would have won were it not for the Obama presidency. (All the talk about Trump's voter base representing some sort of neglected "middle American" constituency that Trump was able to connect with is just denialist bullshit as far as I'm concerned. The 2016 election was about blonde hair.) So now, supposing Pete Buttigieg would be nominated, this brings yet another issue to the fore... whether American voters can move past their venal religious and cultural bigotry relating to homosexuality to elect someone who is actually ethical, and politically and administratively competent. Answer: not yet known. For many people, including me, Buttigieg's homosexuality is a non-issue, other than it bearing on his electability. it would be a less critical question if we weren't faced with the possibility of another four years of the White House being occupied by human slime.

Nov 26th
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Rich

Psychopathic? Ok boomer.

Nov 25th
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lzk222

I don't think there's a problem with his ambitions to be president, but all the questions about his gayness were off-putting. I feel like what makes Buttigieg interesting is that his homosexuality isn't the locus of his identity. The fact that NYT is trying to make that the focal point of his story seems off the mark to me.

Nov 23rd
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fresh mannn

This episode shows that Pete aimed to be President since college, that’s pretty psychopathic. And the story had a plot of making his gayness such a credential

Nov 22nd
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The Candidates: Pete Buttigieg

The Candidates: Pete Buttigieg