SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — In a San Francisco ballroom packed with supporters and those just curious to see the man making history as the first openly gay man to run for the White House, Mayor Pete Buttigieg took to the stage to a roaring applause Friday night.
The South Bend, Indiana mayor was introduced by his husband Chasten Buttigieg to the crowd of hundreds who some held “Boot Edge Edge” signs.
Prior to the 45 minute rally, Buttigieg spoke to reporters about President Donald Trump’s “Alfred E. Newman” nickname for the presidential hopeful.
The reference is to the caricatured face of Mad magazine. Buttigeig admitted he had to Google the reference because “I guess it’s a generational thing,” he said.
Buttigeig began his speech by talking about his concern for the future of the country and freedoms he believes are being taken away from Americans.
He said he believes the country is headed down the wrong path. He talked about student loan debt, abortion rights and raising the minimum wage.
“We are laying the groundwork for a new kind of freedom,” Buttigeig said. “There is a lot more to keeping America safe than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea.”
He talked about his time as a soldier in Afghanistan.
He said the American flag that he wore on his chest during combat “did not belong to one party” but stood for freedom for all Americans.
Buttigeig received the most rousing applause from the crowd when he talked about climate change. He said under his administration, climate change would be a “big national project.”
Buttigeig spoke about doing away with the current electoral college system in America for the popular vote as the system for electing a president.
The mayor talked about his age as a positive aspect of his candidacy. He’s 37 years old.
“The life experiences from a person from my generation is exactly what this country needs,” Buttigeig said. “This is not putting one generation against another but doing what’s best for the next generation,” he added.
Buttigeig shared a story about his parents being ill at the same time and not having to worry about how the medical bills were going to be paid for.
He called that a privilege and pledged to support universal healthcare.
He ended the rally by saying he was following in the footsteps of President Obama and bringing “hope” back to America.
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