Mayor Pete Buttigieg Makes or Breaks his Candidacy, Tonight

Dylan Palmer | United States

Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, may be the most interesting candidate to watch in tonight’s second Democratic Debate. Leading up to today he’s talked big game and high ideals. Buttigieg has separated himself from the rest of the field with his hopeful rhetoric, energetic youth, and grass-roots working-class appeal. However, in the aftermath of the first Democratic Debate in which virtually every candidate jumped frantically from scripted talking point to scripted talking point, he has a decision to make.

Will he continue his authentic style, or fall to the pressures of the debate stage, like so many before him? It’s not easy to engage in thoughtful reflection when funneled into a one minute or 30-second time slot for a response. Yet, Buttigieg has built his brand on being the only gay, Harvard graduate, Rhode Scholar, US military veteran in the race. In other words, he’s built his brand on being a worldly, intellectual politician.

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Mike Pence Doesn’t Hate Buttigieg or the LGBT Community

Jack Shields | @Jack_Shields20

Vice President Mike Pence is an evil man. He hates gay people. Pence cannot fathom that two consenting adults who love each other should be left alone. He wants to force conversion therapy upon innocent gay children. Just when you thought he couldn’t get any worse, we examine Mike Pence’s opinions towards women. He clearly hates them too. He sees A Handmaid’s Tell as the gold standard, not a dystopia.  He won’t even be alone with women who aren’t his wife! This is obviously a man who hates gays, women, and probably minorities. After all, he likes President Trump.

This is the usual opinion held concerning Mike Pence of those who consider themselves Democrats. We are seeing Mayor Pete Buttigieg claim that, because he is gay, Mike Pence hates him and wants to take his rights away.

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