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Pete Buttigieg: The Case For A Younger President


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY NEXT GUEST IS THE
MAYOR OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, AND HE’S RUNNING TO BE THE NEXT
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE WELCOME MAYOR PETE
BUTTIGIEG! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) WELCOME TO THE SHOW.>>THANKS. THANKS FOR HAVING US.>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU
DECLARE YOUR CANDIDACY.>>WE ANNOUNCED OUR EXPLORATORY
COMMITTEE THREE WEEKS AGO YESTERDAY.>>Stephen: THAT MEANS YOU’RE
EXPLORING TO SEE WHETHER YOU WILL RUN? PEOPLE START WITH THAT BUT —
>>YOU GET KNOWN, RAISE THE MONEY, PUT THE ORGANIZATION IN
PLACE AND AS THE SIGNS CONTINUE TO POINT TO YES, ONE BIG DAY YOU
HAVE YOUR LAUNCH.>>Stephen: IS YOUR APPEARANCE
ON THIS SHOW PART OF THE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE?>>I’M EXPLORING.>>Stephen: I’M SORRY I DIDN’T
HAVE A HELMET FOR US. FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW. TELL THE PEOPLE WHO YOU ARE.>>THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, BORN
AND RAISED IN SOUTH BEND, AN INDUSTRIAL CITY IN THE MID BEST. VETERAN OF WAR IN AFGHANISTAN,
EIGHTH YEAR AS MAYOR AND JUST OPENED AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE
TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.>>Stephen: 37? YES, SIR.>>Stephen: IF YOU WERE TO
WIN, YOU WOULD BE THE YOUNGEST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: YOUNGER THAN T.R. YEAH.>>Stephen: WHAT’S THE RUSH? WHY RUN FOR PRESIDENT NOW? WHY NOT GET A LITTLE MORE SALT
AND PEPPER IN THE HAIR AND A LITTLE MORE MOSS UNDER THE SOLES
OF YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT?>>WELL, I DON’T THINK YOU DO
THIS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DO IT SOME DAY. I THINK YOU RUN FOR ANY OFFICE
BECAUSE YOU THINK THE NEEDS OF THE OFFICE MEET THE MOMENT AND
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE. AND, YOU KNOW, IN MANY WAYS, I
THINK BEING FROM A YOUNGER GENERATION, IT’S ONE OF THE MAIN
REASONS TO DO THIS. I BELONG TO THE SCHOOL SHOOTING
GENERATION. I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN
COLUMBINE HAPPENED. WE’RE THE GENERATION THAT
PROVIDED UPMOST OF THE TROOPS FOR THE CONFLICT AFTER 9/11 AND
THE TROOPS THAT WITHIN HERE IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FIRST
GENERATION TO MAKE LESS THAN OUR PARENTS. NO ONE HAS MORE AT STAKE THAN
YOUNGER PEOPLE COMING UP. I THINK ABOUT THE WAY THE WORLD
WILL LOOK IN 2054 WHEN I REACH THE AGE TO HAVE THE CURRENT
PRESIDENT, WHY NOT HAVE SOMEONE WHO VIEWS THE COUNTRY THE WAY IT
IS THAT YEAR. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: YOU’RE THE MAYOR OF SOUTH BEND. HOW BIG?>>JUST OVER $100,000.>>Stephen: AND THE NEXT JOB
YOU WOULD LIKE IS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
AND THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. I DON’T SAY THAT NECESSARILY AS
A BIG JOKE. THAT’S A BIG LEAP. IT’S NOT AS BIG A LEAP AS, YOU
KNOW, REALITY SHOW HOST TO PRESIDENT.>>CLEARLY. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: BUT IT IS A BIG LEAP, YOU WILL ADMIT.>>NO, IT IS, BUT WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT IT, I MEAN — YES, LOOK, IT’S AUDACIOUS, ALMOST OBSERVE
SCENE FOR SOMEBODY MY AGE, BUT REALLY ANY HUMAN BEING TO THINK
THEY BELONG IN THAT OFFICE AND, YET, EVERYBODY WHO’S HAD THAT
OFFICE IS A MODERATELE HUMAN BEING WHO’S BROUGHT THEIR
EXPERIENCE TO THE TABLE. I HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE IN THE
GOVERNMENT THAN THE PRESIDENT, MORE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE THAN
THE VICE PRESIDENT. I HAVE MORE MILITARY EXPERIENCE
THAN ANYONE TO ARRIVE AT THAT DESK SINCE GEORGE H.W. BUSH. ( APPLAUSE )
IT MIGHT SOUND CHEEKY, BUT LARGELY THIS IS ABOUT MY
EXPERIENCE. AS MAYOR, YOU ARE ON THE FRONT
LINES. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
EVERYTHING. ONE MINUTE PARKS AND REC, THE
NEXT THING AN OFFICER SHOOTING WITH RACIAL SENSITIVITY AND YOU
HAVE TO HANDLE IT ALL. YOU UNDERSTAND THE JOB OF
LEADERSHIP IN GOVERNMENT IS MAKING POLICY, YES, CAPABLY
RUNNING AN ADMINISTRATION FOR SURE BUT ALSO JUST BRINGING
PEOPLE TOGETHER AND ALL THREE OF THE ELEMENTS ARE SORELY MISSING
IN THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THIS IS ALL TRUE. IF ELECTED, YOU WOULD BE THE
FIRST OPENLY GAY PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>YEP. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: AND AS I SAID, WHEN WE FIRST TALKED ABOUT YOU
ANNOUNCING, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT IN YOUR MONOLOGUE LAST
WEEK, WHAT I SAID IS WHAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT AMERICA NOW IS
THAT’S THE THIRD THING I LEARNED ABOUT YOU. THAT’S NO LONG THE BANNER
HEADLINE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A
TRAILBLAZER IN THIS WAY?>>ON THE ONE HAND I’M VERY
CONSCIOUS OF THE HISTORIC NATURE TO HAVE THE CANDIDACY LIKE THAT,
AND I HOPE IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE NEXT PERSON WHO COMES
ALONG, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO WORK TOWARD A WORLD WHERE IT’S
NOT NEWSWORTHY AT ALL. IT WAS HARD TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
HOW TO COME OUT. I WAS MAYOR, ALREADY. I REACHED THE POINT WHERE I
WANTED TO COME OUT AND HAVE A PERSONAL LIFE. INCONVENIENTLY I WAS IN THE
MIDDLE OF A REELECTION CAMPAIGN AND I DECIDED IT WAS THE TIME TO
DO IT. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THE POLITICS
WOULD BE. I’M FROM A SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE
COMMUNITY. I CAME OUT THERE, SAID WHO I WAS
AND GOT REELECTED WITH 80% OF THE VOTE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WAS MIKE PENCE GOVERNOR AT THE TIME?>>YEAH, MIKE PENCE WAS THE
GOVERNOR AT THE TIME.>>Stephen: DID YOU WORK WITH
MIKE PENCE?>>YEAH, IT’S THE JOB OF MAYOR
TO WORK WITH ANYBODY WHO CAN BENEFIT THE CITY.>>Stephen: GOOD GUY? EVERYBODY LIKE HIM?>>HE’S NICE. IF HE WERE HERE YOU WOULD THINK
HE IS A NICE GUY TO YOUR FACE BUT HE’S PHI NATCALLY. HE BELIEVES CIGARETTES DON’T
KILL AND THE UNIVERSE WAS CREATED A FEW THOUSAND YEARS AGO
AND PEOPLE LIKE ME GET UP IN THE MORNING AND DECIDE TO BE GAY. IF THAT WAS A CHOICE, IT WAS A
CHOICE MADE WAY ABOVE MY PAY GRADE. SO WHAT HE DOESN’T REALIZE IS
THAT HIS QUARREL IS WITH MY CREATOR. MY MARRIAGE MOVED ME CLOSER TO
GOD AND I WISH HE RESPECTED THAT. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: DONALD TRUMPICS LOOKS LIKE HE’S DECLARING A
NATIONAL EMERGENCY. WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF
NATIONAL EMERGENCY? HE’S SAYING THE BORDER, THE
CARAVANS, THE SUPERCARS — HIS WORDS NOT MINE — WHAT IS YOUR
IDEA OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY.>>AS A MAYOR, YOU KNOW A THING
OR TWO ABOUT EMERGENCIES. TWO TIMES, WE HAD TO ACTIVATE
THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER IN SOUTH BEND. THEY WERE 18 MONTHS APART. ONE WAS FOR A THOUSAND-YEAR
FLOOD AND ONE WAS WHAT WE WERE TOLD WAS A 500-YEAR FLOOD. WHICH EITHER MEANS I HAVE
PROPROS TROUSE STATISTICAL LUCK OR WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH
CLIMATE CHANGE. IT’S NOT JUST HAPPENING ON THE
NORTH POLE, IT’S HAPPENING IN COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE. THAT’S AN EMERGENCY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, YOU GOT A NEW BOOK. IT’S CALLED THE SHORTEST WAY
HOME. PETE BUTTIGIEG, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE,
MR. MAYOR. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CAMPAIGN. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

78 Replies to “Pete Buttigieg: The Case For A Younger President”

  • Peter Buttgieg. I pet a bird, that must be a buttgieg. The great escape plan. Don't forget the loot. The gold is stored in the underground complexes. Can't forget that.

  • Platitude Peter, an empty fake

    Go for Bernie, Tulsi, Yang & Marianne
    Pete hardly has policies

    The fact that mainstream media pushes him forward is A BAD SIGN

  • I like him, I agree that the future of our country affects younger people more (because they'll be around to experience it) but his examples of how being a mayor translates to running a major world power do not add up to me. I think there are better options. I would just like to understand more about his policy perspective and/or plans. I haven't gotten much of that from him yet from the debates or this.

  • Tell Butt-Edge not to worry, he won't be elected president. Folks of all walks of life, across the country, will understand that his FREEBIES are just upfront, wannabee promises, to entice the ignorant. The folks that can add 2 & 2, know he can't fulfill any of his promises. His demeanor, of being a soft talker, is the sheep's clothing on a wolf. He's a card-carrying DemonRAT, who is poised to ruin America, with his FREEBIE Policies, which will wilt in the winds of time. America is $23,000,000,000,000.00 in debt, we the people can't pay for these wanted freebies, our DemonRAT government has put our country on the chopping Block. He's just another snake oil salesman, with some elixir for sale….

  • That’s all we need. A log-jammer President in the White House. Iran would surely walk right in. Why do queers all live in a land of make believe? The world will never be the perfect utopia. War is necessary

  • Why are the comments disabled under his announcement video? Wtf who does that? As a president you should let the people speak and be their voice, not shut them up! He is so fake I do not trust him one bit. Almost all of his money is from big corporations. RED FLAG!! There are many better options if you are looking for a progressive candidate. Vote Tulsi or Yang.

  • Pete is outlining bright future for us all right now while campaigning for presidency. I am sure now that next thing after abolishing ICE our progressive young leaders will do away with police altogether. What a giant leap toward true freedom! Ceasing being the most prosperous country will be a small price for such breakthrough.

  • Bird eye sentry, UFO Under Feign Operations. Gold digging birds. "but, but, but", what's the message birds?

  • Kind of thought Colbert could have been more supportive or genuinely interested oh and he botched his name. Though this is apparently before he announced his candidacy. Buttigieg is my person for President so far…..tied with Julian Castro. You rock! Keep up the journey!

  • "How do you say "corporate shill' in Norwegian" – Krystal Ball of the Hill… BERNIE / NINA 2020!!! The REAL deal!!! No more centrist establishment Kool-Aid from corporate shills like Biden, Harris, Buttigieig et al.!!!!!

  • So many Russian trolls in the comments, we might all be characters in a Lukyanenko novel and not even know it. Should be another interesting election.

  • Can we just vote on whether to have President Bernie and vice president Pete or President Pete and vice president Bernie.

  • I’d like to see Pete, Yang, Tulsi and Bernie toward the end, if only to show that we value integrity originality and virtue – not to mention real intelligence

  • But what does he want to do in his presidency? Too much of the time was spent talking about his identity/experience…not enough about policy.

  • Still a bit shaky about those conservative roots, but he seems a confident enough candidate; I'd vote for him as one half of the ticket.

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  • One of my favorite parts is when Stephen asks what an exploratory committee is.
    Stephen totally knows the answer – as he had his own "exploratory committee" for president a few years back during The Colbert Report. I love that he pleads ignorance on the topic because it sets it up for Buttigieg to explain it in his own words. It's a little detail, but I think it really shows how great of an interviewer Stephen is.

  • I’m conservative and I’m voting for Trump again. But if the democrats were to win, I hope Buttigieg would be the president. Good Lord let it not be Warren or Bernie

  • Whomever you’re attracted to isn’t a choice. It’s a natural reaction. Whom you CHOOSE to lay with IS a choice. And it’s not just gays who choose the sin of sodomy. Many straight people do as well.

  • POTUS Candidate Peter Buttigeig was on CNN describng his 'husband' & what a good "father" he would be. I guess that makes Peter a wife. So does that mean he will be the first female President of the United States?

    With this in mind, Peter, as a wife, have you ever wanted to wear a dress, have a baby or feel your husband deep inside of you… your gastrointestinal tract?

  • Mr Buttegieg, you think you are smart, but you are not as smart as our President. Yes, he's a bit flamboyant, but I like that in him. He's done more for America That you are capable of dreaming. He's so much quicker that you 10 cent DemonRATS, that have to promise everything, in order to get a vote. I have another major complaint against you, you are a homosexual & that's against all I believe in. You are a real bad role model, as a whole. So take you campaign matching funds & go back into your hole…. if they will have you. It seems that SBI is in need of great change, your liberal ideas are ruining your city. You are a wannabee… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8y_lKFZvHM

  • AUSTRALIA loves Pete!! He is calm, level-headed, grounded, even-tempered, respectful, intelligent…….. reminds us of the last President. May the USA earn the world's respect again by choosing their next President with care and courage. Pete is the one.

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