After rising from relative obscurity, Pete Buttigieg ends his White House bid as crowd chants ‘2024’ ,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.
“Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump, and to win the era for our values,” Buttigieg said. “So we must recognize that at this point in the race. The best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals, is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together.