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Where Does Pete Buttigieg Stand On The Issues? Here’s Everything You Need To Know.
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 20: Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a grassroots fundraiser at the Wynwood Walls on May 20, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Buttigieg is one of more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
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Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, which is the fourth-largest city in the Hoosier State. A member of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg, who is now 37 years old, assumed the South Bend mayorship at age 29. He is now seeking the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, where he consistently polls in the top five or six candidates. Although he has sometimes portrayed himself as a slightly more centrist option than some of his far-left rivals, Buttigieg’s public policy stances reveal him to be a consistent, across-the-board progressive leftist.

Buttigieg, an open homosexual who is active with his local Episcopalian church, has been married since 2018 to Chasten Glezman. Buttigieg has become well-known for his moralistic rhetorical overtones and his advocacy of public policy through the lens of theologically liberal Christianity. He has publicly sparred with former Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor and prominent devout Christian of a more theologically conservative bent. He is the first open homosexual to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Buttigieg, who speaks fluent French and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Harvard College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. His 2020 presidential polling thus far suggests that his current appeal is primarily from affluent, well-educated white voters.

Electoral History: Buttigieg first ran for public office when he sought the South Bend mayorship in 2011. Upon assuming office at the age of 29, he became the youngest mayor in the U.S. to oversee a city with a population of at least 100,000. During his mayorship, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of his duty with the U.S. Navy Reserve; while he was deployed, the South Bend city comptroller served as interim executive in his stead.

Buttigieg now seeks the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. If elected, he would be the youngest and first openly homosexual president of the United States.

On The Issues: Buttigieg has occasionally postured as somewhat of a centrist, but his public policy stances reveal him to be, much like many of his 2020 Democratic presidential nomination rivals, an across-the-board leftist. As the only open homosexual in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, it is notable that he both opposes banning transgender Americans from the military and supports the “Equality Act.”

Constitution: Buttigieg consistently espouses legally progressive viewpoints. He supports Roe v. Wade and opposes Citizens United v. F.E.C., the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 political speech-affirming ruling. He supports eradicating the Electoral College via constitutional amendment. Buttigieg also supports “packing” the Supreme Court, expanding it to 15 justices. A prospective Buttigieg presidential administration would therefore likely result in a fundamental transformation of the Supreme Court.

Economy: Buttigieg, who hails from the Rust Belt city of South Bend, has spoken about the need to empower labor unions and bring back blue-collar manufacturing jobs to the Midwest. Buttigieg does refer to himself as a “democratic capitalist,” which theoretically places him mildly to the economic right of 2020 rivals such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Health Care: Buttigieg supports a single-payer health insurance system that would amount to a governmental takeover of health insurance and imposition of socialized medicine in America.

Immigration: Buttigieg supports amnesty for “DREAM Act”-eligible illegal aliens and supports other pro-amnesty policies that would magnetize our border and incentivize Mexican cartels and trafficking rings to make their dangerous treks north. He has been consistently critical of President Donald Trump’s attempts to secure our southern border amidst a hitherto unprecedented deluge of illegal aliens arriving en masse at our beleaguered southern border. He has encouraged illegal aliens to flock to his city of South Bend.

Foreign Policy: Buttigieg has been publicly critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has generally parroted leftist talking points about the alleged direction in which Israel is headed as a sovereign nation. He has supported a “two-state solution” between Israel and the Palestinian-Arabs, which could lead to the imposition of the indefensible “1967 borders” wherein Israel might be nine miles wide at its narrowest point. Buttigieg supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan and has opposed U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. He supports nuclear non-proliferation and believes it was a mistake for Trump to exit the U.S. from President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.

Abortion: Buttigieg is emphatically pro-abortion and has refused to identify a single legal restriction on abortion that he would support.

Guns: Buttigieg supports “universal” background checks, thereby requiring a government intermediary for all private transfers of firearms. He is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a consortium of pro-gun control mayors. Buttigieg supports a national gun registry, which is a longstanding policy nemesis of Second Amendment supporters. He supports banning the undefinable sub-class of firearms referred to as so-called “assault weapons” — a line of thought that, if taken to its logical conclusion, could lead to the banning of all semi-automatic firearms in America.

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