2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg discussed why he thinks this could be the only time in American history where it might make sense for someone with his background to run for president on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
Buttigieg said that he is "about as different from this president as it gets" and his candidacy offers a chance to "just change the channel from this mesmerizing horror show that's going on in Washington right now."
CHUCK TODD: Had you been successful in your last campaign, you'd be the chair of the Democratic Party right now. I assume that means you wouldn't be running for president.
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: That's probably true. Maybe in a selfish way, that worked out for the best.
CHUCK TODD: Well, I was just going to say then what was your motivation for being DNC chair and then suddenly you didn't get it and you said, "Oh, now I should run for president?”
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: Well, I believe any time you're contemplating running for office, the discernment process should work like this: You look at what the office calls for in that moment and then you look at yourself and what you bring to the table, and you look for a match. And I've used that process to decide to run for office several times. I've used that process to decide not to run for office several times. What I see right now is a country going through tectonic, profound change. And an office that has a loss of vision and a loss of decency. And I'm as surprised as anybody. I mean, if you had asked me two years ago what I would be doing in 2019, I don't think I would've said this. But here, you have this moment. Probably the only moment in American history where it just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial Midwest, non federal, a different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans envision the world as it'll be in 2054, the year that I will reach the current age of the current president, and just change the channel from this mesmerizing horror show that's going on in Washington right now.