Pete Buttigieg: What To Know About His Platform
Buttigieg, 38, is the youngest candidate in the race. For the last eight years, he served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a city with a population of just over 100,000.
His late father, Joseph Buttigieg, was an English professor at the University of Notre Dame. The elder Buttigieg co-translated and co-edited the three-volume English edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. Gramsci was a Marxist philosopher and communist politician in Italy during the early 20th century.
So you may be wondering: what exactly is Pete Buttigieg’s campaign platform?
Buttigieg opposed Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. As a candidate, he has proposed ‘Medicare for All Who Want It,’ which would be a public option for health insurance. In August 2019, Buttigieg released a $300 billion plan to expand mental health care services and fight addiction.
Buttigieg supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows some individuals who are illegally present in the United States after being brought to the country as children, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S.
Buttigieg is pro-choice and supports repealing the Hyde Amendment.
In 2018, as mayor of South Bend, Buttigieg vetoed a South Bend Common Council re-zoning decision that would have allowed a pro-life Women’s Care Center to open next door to the abortion clinic, Whole Women’s Health Alliance.
Buttigieg wants to outlaw the death penalty and supports the “safe, regulated and legal sale of marijuana.” He has also said that he favors getting people with addiction help instead of putting them in jail.
Buttigieg has also called for the restoration of voting rights to ex-felons.
His platform also calls for ‘diversifying the judiciary,’ which is explained on his campaign website as follows: “Pete will bring balance to the bench by nominating judges with experience in civil rights and criminal defense throughout the judiciary, and pledges to appoint women and people of color in proportion to their overall representation in our country.”
Buttigieg, who is gay, is running on a platform of expanding LGBTQ rights. He is a Christian but says he will “ensure freedom of religion is not freedom to discriminate.” Buttigieg, who is also a veteran, opposes President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel.
South Bend’s former mayor says that if elected president, he will “ensure (that) all veterans have access to affordable, comprehensive care,” as well as “guarantee access to mental health care.”
Buttigieg released a plan to combat climate change consisting of three parts: building a clean economy through the creation of clean energy jobs; improving resilience by investing in disaster relief and prevention; and heightening the United States’ role in the international fight against climate change.
He says that our infrastructure should be prepared to handle natural disaster such as hurricanes.
Buttigieg says if he is elected, he would pledge $1 trillion towards infrastructure projects. He did not say how he plans to fund them.