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Pete Buttigieg has won the Iowa caucuses!

This is an incredible victory for Buttigieg. And more generally, as a gay man, I can't completely put into words what this means to be me personally. In this victory, there's a validation of Buttigieg, of gay people, and just more generally of what this country aspires to be, and still can be.

It's not going to be easy for Pete going forward. Bernie Sanders' supporters have been hitting Pete hard for weeks, and now that Elizabeth Warren showed up as a distance third in Iowa, her campaign manager is accusing Pete of things that Warren herself already did! (Basically, they're criticizing Pete for Super PACs supporting him, when Warren had $5m of Super PAC money supporting her recent Senate race.) So we should expect more incoming fire from the other Democratic candidates from here on out.

But Pete is resonating with a growing number of voters because he just doesn't tap into that kind of negativity. His candidacy is smart, professional, and hopeful -- Pete will restore honor and dignity to the presidency, and in many ways he reminds me of the first time I saw Barack Obama, when he spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention.

And that's why he's winning.

Please donate to help Pete Buttigieg keep the momentum going, and to help AMERICAblog Action make sure a Democrat wins the White House in 2020.


More About Pete

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a fresh and exciting new voice in Democratic politics.

Pete Buttigieg did a great job at the first Democratic debate. He was calm, smart, informative, yet not condescending. Here's one particularly excellent answer Buttigieg gave on the Republicans' hypocrisy when they talk about religion:

“We should call out hypocrisy when we see it. And for a party that associates itself with Christianity, to suggest that God would smile on the separation of families...putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever using religious language."

Buttigieg is an openly-gay millennial, a military vet who served in Afghanistan, and an unabashed liberal from a decidedly red state. Mayor Pete minces no words when taking on Republicans (here he is taking down Mike Pence), and he wants to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.

We have a lot of great candidates for 2020, and I'd gladly support any of them against Donald Trump. But there really is something special about Pete Buttigieg. If you listen to Buttigieg, you'll be impressed by his ideas, his conviction, and his sincerity -- he's unlike any other candidate in the race today, and he's pretty unusual for politicians overall. I even compared him to Mr. Rogers on Joy Reid's show the other day!

Pete Buttigieg is great on the issues

Buttigieg is great on climate, guns, trade, foreign policy, health care, immigration and civil rights. President Obama even called Pete one of four Democrats who represent the future of the Democratic party.

And Buttigieg's message is catching on. He just qualified for the Democratic presidential debates, and he's in third place in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Also, with increased fundraising, Mayor Pete just opened offices in South Bend, New Hampshire and Iowa. Your donations have a real-world impact on the campaign.

Pete Buttigieg on Trump

"Trump appeals to people’s smallness, their fears, whatever part of them wants to look backward. We need to generate a nationalism that does the harder task of political rhetoric, which is to make people feel big-hearted and secure."

Pete Buttigieg on Immigration

"The greatest nation in the world should not have much to fear from a family, especially children, fleeing violence. More importantly, children fleeing violence ought to have nothing to fear from the greatest country in the world."

Pete Buttigieg on Race

"We insist that being pro-minority and being pro-racial justice not only can but must be compatible with being pro-rule of law and respectful of law enforcement doing the right thing. It should enhance, not diminish, the value of a good police department when we assert what should go without saying but in these times must be said clearly and again and again — that black lives matter."

Pete Buttigieg on the Death Penalty

"It is time to face the simple fact that capital punishment as seen in America has always been a discriminatory practice and we would be a fairer and safer country when we join the ranks of modern nations who have abolished the death penalty."

Pete Buttigieg on Mike Pence & being LGBT

“I’m not critical of his faith; I’m critical of bad policies. I don’t have a problem with religion. I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people and especially in the LGBTQ community.”

And in a speech before the LGBTQ Victory Fund, Buttigieg added: “That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

As a gay man, I'm excited to see a serious LGBT candidate finally running for the presidency. Yet another glass ceiling is being broken. (Pete talks about that here.) But you don't have to be gay to be excited about Pete Buttigieg's candidacy. He's a smart, charismatic candidate that promises to bring honor, and even kindness, back to politics. He's the anti-Trump, and he's exactly what we need.

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