Buttigieg put cracks in an entirely different glass ceiling than the one Hillary Clinton butted up against.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced he was ending the presidential campaign in which he made history as the first openly gay man to win delegates in the race for the nomination of a major political party.
His exit comes a day after his disappointing fourth-place finish in South Carolina and two days before Super Tuesday, when he was expected to continue to struggle amid the dominance of Sen. Bernie Sanders and resurgence of former Vice President Joe Biden. Buttigieg’s departure from the once-crowded field also comes a day after billionaire Tom Steyer suspended his campaign.
“A year ago, we launched our campaign for the American presidency,” Buttigieg said Sunday night to a packed room in South Bend, moments after his emotional husband Chasten had introduced him. “We began this unlikely journey with a staff of four in a cramped office right here in South Bend. Hardly anyone knew my name and even fewer could pronounce it.”The crowd laughed and erupted in chants of, “Mayor Pete, Mayor Pete.”
“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January.”
As Buttigieg announced his decision, the crowd responded by chanting “2024! 2024!,” a seeming nod to their hope he runs again.
Yeah, I think it’s a given that we will see Mayor Pete again.
He likely has a long political road still yet to travel.
Some have suggested that Buttigieg is dropping out to help unify the moderates and give Biden more votes in the upcoming primaries.
I don’t know if that is accurate or not, but if Klobuchar and Warren follow his lead then I think we can call this a strategy.