Millennial ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg Makes Case for U.S. Presidency

(Reuters) -
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson/File Photo)

Pete Buttigieg, the millennial-aged mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has enjoyed a surge in opinion polls and a torrent of media coverage, formally launched a bid on Sunday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

No potential contender in the burgeoning Democratic field has seen as rapid a rise in the early stages of the campaign as Buttigieg, who has gone from obscure Midwestern politician to top-tier contender in a matter of weeks.

At 37, Buttigieg becomes the youngest entrant in a field that features 77-year-old U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and, likely soon, 76-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden – a contrast Buttigieg has embraced.