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Biography 

Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, an office he assumed in 2012 at the age of 31. Buttigieg studied history and literature at Harvard and was later awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford. After Oxford, Buttigieg worked for several years at consulting firm McKinsey and Co. He also became a commissioned naval intelligence officer in 2009, leaving his mayorship in South Bend in 2012 to serve in Afghanistan for seven months. Buttigieg announced his candidacy on the rusted floor of the Studebaker factory in his hometown of South Bend.

 

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Pete Buttigieg has said on the campaign trail. For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

  • "If we undercount Latinx, Black, Native American, and other communities of color, they will be shortchanged in a thousand different ways, deprived of critical resources for health care, infrastructure, and education. I have pledged to help support efforts to make sure everyone knows the importance of being counted in the next census to dilute the distorting of these manipulations—no matter what the court decides. An accurate census is a cornerstone of our democracy. It ensures that everyone has equal political representation and that every community receives its fair share of federal funding." (6/25/19, Campaign email)
    Unfortunately, by the time the next president takes office, the 2020 census will have already taken place. But there are forward-looking measures I would take as president—beginning with enshrining in law that you cannot manipulate the census for political advantage by introducing a question that would likely distort or diminish the accuracy of the census. 
  • Part of the punishment when you are convicted of a crime and you’re incarcerated is you lose certain rights. You lose your freedom. And I think during that period it does not make sense to have an exception for the right to vote.” (4/22/19, Twitter) 
  • I do believe that when you have served your sentence, then part of being restored is your right to vote. As you know, some states and communities do it, some don’t. I think we’d be a better country if everybody did it. Frankly, I think the motivations for preventing that kind of re-enfranchisement, in some cases, have to do with one side of the aisle noticing that they politically benefit from that. And that’s got some racial layers too. (4/22/19, Twitter) 

 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • “I’ve talked a lot about generational change and generational politics, and one of the things I know I needed to do is to be in touch with every generation in the struggle for equality. One thing I learned early in is having good intentions is not enough and that things don’t look the same depending on your life experience. Policing to economic inclusion, just because you’re trying generically to take care of everybody, doesn’t mean that support will teach everybody in the same way. There are too many structural-and in many cases, intentionally built-barriers to that. If you’re not equally intentional about tearing down those barriers, you’re gonna come up short. Our community held me accountable on that, they really educated me on that.” (4/29/19, US News) 

 


  Securitization and Surveillance 

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Hate Crime  

  • “The debate about hate crime legislation is indeed about freedom: freedom from hate.” (1/14/19, Twitter 
  • Pulse wasn’t an attack on just one community ― it was an attack on LGBTQ Americans, Latinx Americans, and Black Americans. It was an attack on people who look like me, and an attack on people who look nothing like me. It was an attack on all of us. It was an attack on individuals expressing their sexuality, their heritage, their gender, and their freedom. Change will not just happen. It will only come as the result of struggle-political struggle, moral struggle. We need Congress to deliver on common-sense gun safety laws supported by an American majority, like universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons. And we need to incentivize every state to pass hate crime laws. (6/12/19 Huff Post) 

Criminal Justice Reform 

  • “It is time to face the simple fact that capital punishment as seen in America has always been a discriminatory practice and we would be a fairer and safer country when we join the ranks of modern nations who have abolished the death penalty.” (4/4/19, Business Insider) 
  • “We insist that being pro-military and being pro-racial justice not only can but must be compatible with being pro-rule of law and respectful of law enforcement doing the right thing.” (4/4/19, Business Insider) 

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use  

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  • “People like me get strung up in Iran” (3/29/19, Elle) 

Immigration 

  • “The biggest crisis around immigration today is the inhumanity of this administration’s policies.” (6/19/19, New York Times) 

 

NO BAN Act 

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FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • “There really is not a unified or single voice for the Palestinian people. Most people aren’t aware of the difference between what’s happening in Gaza- run by Hamas in a way that is contributing to a lot of misery there-but also totally different than an environment where you’d have a negotiating partner across the table” (4/3/19, Vox ) 
  • “This provocation (Netanyahu annexing the West Bank) is harmful to Israeli, Palestinian, and American interests. Supporting Israel does not have to mean agreeing with Netanyahu’s politics. I don’t. This calls for a president willing to counsel our ally against abandoning a two-state solution.” (4/6/2019, Twitter) 
  • “Being supportive of Israel does not mean that you are on board with the agenda of the Israeli political right wing. I am not. I believe this move to walk away from peace will harm Israeli interests. Will of course continue to contribute to the immiseration of the Palestinian people, and is not good for the U.S either” (5/24/19, JTA) 
  • “They’ve [Israel] also got to figure out — and we’ve got to figure out with them as an ally — what the regional security picture is going to look like thereIt’s always been one of the most fiendishly complicated issues and simple answers will not serve us well at a time like this.” (4/3/19, Vox ) 
  • “As Israel’s most powerful and reliable ally, the United States has the opportunity to shape a more constructive path with the tough and honest guidance that friendship and fairness require. The current state of affairs cannot endure. The pressure of history and the mathematics of democracy mean that well before 2054, Israelis and Palestinians will have come to see either peace or catastrophe. A two-state solution that achieves legitimate Palestinian aspirations and meets Israel’s security needs remains the only viable way forward and it will be our policy to support such a solution actively.” (6/10/19, NBC
  • “Israel’s human rights record is problematic and moving in the wrong direction.” (6/19/21, New York Times) 

Iran Tensions 

  • “Among the threats to American and human security, nuclear destruction remains paramount, which is why preventing the spread of nuclear weapons should remain a core tenet of our global leadership. For this reason, I will rejoin our international partners and recommit the United States to the Iran Nuclear Deal.”  (6/10/19, NBC) 
  • “Escalation is the last thing we need in the Middle East right now. And when you see what’s been happening, it appears that the administration driven by the way John, Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq War, is continuing to try to prosecute a case to lead to higher tensions, escalation, and perhaps conflict with Iran as though we learned nothing from the las 15 years of armed conflict-conflict in the Middle East.” (5/26/19, Washington Examiner)   

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World

  • “The need for a new foreign policy vision could not be more urgent today. This administration has embraces and emboldened autocrats, while alienating democracies and allies around the globe.” (6/11/19, Reuters) 
  • The time has come for Congress to repeal and replace that blank check on the use of force and ensure a roust debate on any future operation. We should never again send troops into conflict with a clear definition of their mission and an understanding of what comes after.” (6/11/19, Politico) 

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

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