Buttigieg Name Gains Traction, Even If You Can't Pronounce It - Page 2

Voters start to notice Democratic candidate, and may even learn to say his name
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2019 1:10 PM CDT

  • Faith, sexuality: On religion as well as community, he has challenged norms among politicians, including the notion that “the only way a religious person could enter politics is through the prism of the religious right." A married gay man, Buttigieg (an Episcopalian) could change the way candidates address faith—in a good way, E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in the Washington Post.
  • Campaign theme: He emphasizes building trust between communities and government, including between black people and police, in a way Jessica Floyd at Ebony found intelligent and thoughtful. And he stresses inclusion. He cites his reelection as mayor with more than 80% of the vote as evidence that he succeeds. Floyd has a Q&A with him.
  • Bio: After growing up in South Bend, the son of Notre Dame professors, he went to Harvard and became a Rhodes Scholar, per this Indy Star primer. After Oxford, he worked for a global consultant firm, then returned home to be elected mayor. While in office, he volunteered for active duty in Afghanistan; he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for counterterrorism work. A post at COED has a quick look at political positions: He backs tighter gun laws and raising the minimum wage and taxes for the wealthy.
  • Beyond English: He speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic, Dari, and Norwegian, reports the BBC. He says he learned Norwegian so he could read the work of novelist Erlend Loem, and he's not bluffing: Buttigieg answered a question in Norwegian the other day, because it was asked in Norwegian. See the video here.
  • Old prediction: It may seem like Buttigieg came out of nowhere to run for president, but in this 2016 interview with the New Yorker, Barack Obama said to keep an eye on him.
(Read more Pete Buttigieg stories.)

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