Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his candidacy official during a rally Sunday in South Bend, the city where he launched his political career less than a decade ago.
"My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg said at a rally inside a repurposed former Studebaker factory. "I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States."
"I ran for mayor in 2011 knowing nothing like Studebaker would ever come back, but that we would, our city would, if we had the courage to reimagine our future," he said.
"I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor," he said to cheers of "Pete, Pete, Pete" from the audience. "More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land."