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At 'pivotal' moment in presidential campaign, Pete Buttigieg makes plea to voters in Palo Alto

Democratic contender details how his local approach informs his national plan

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg visited Palo Alto on Friday at what he called a "pivotal" moment in his campaign, coming off strong performances in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary and with the Democratic field continuing to narrow.

Buttigieg spoke to about 200 supporters in a standing room-only crowd at the University Club about many of the issues he's made central to his campaign, from the contrasts between him and President Donald Trump on climate change, health care and voting rights. He pitched himself as an inclusive candidate and U.S. Navy veteran who wants to tackle gun reform, restructure the Supreme Court and create a health care plan that is accessible to all but not "forced" on anybody.

"This is not a moment to be leaning on the familiar playbook when we're dealing with the most disruptive president in modern times," said the 38-year-old former South Bend, Indiana mayor. "I also think we can do better than further divide a divided country. A vision that says the only options are to either be for the revolution or you must be for the status quo leaves most of us out."

Buttigieg spoke for about 30 minutes, including time for taking questions from attendees, who paid from $54 to $2,800 for tickets.

One woman brought a question from her African American in-laws, who she said live in Palo Alto and had supported Cory Booker but are now leaning toward voting for former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Alright, big opportunity," Buttigieg said, leaning in to hear the question.

They asked him to give concrete examples of what Buttigieg did as mayor to help the black community in his city and what he will do as president to improve the lives of their biracial grandchildren.

Buttigieg said he worked to invest in neglected black neighborhoods in South Bend that had been devastated economically by directing funding to save or remove dilapidated homes. He said he created an incubator for minority-owned businesses and saw unemployment, especially among black residents, fall as a result.

His local approach has "informed my idea of what we have to do nationally." He pointed to his Douglass plan, named for famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which proposes reforms related to criminal justice, economic opportunity, health care and education, from increasing federal Title I funding for low-income schools to eliminating incarceration for drug possession and mandatory minimums.

He's also proposed a "21st century" Voting Rights Act to make voting more accessible, particularly for African Americans.

"Behind it all is a need for — and this is my personal commitment because I've seen in a state like mine that's gone out of its way to make it harder to vote, with disproportionate disempowerment of black voters — the importance of a 21st century Voting Rights Act so that voter suppression cannot stand," Buttigieg said.

In other remarks, Buttigieg mentioned his plan to grow paid service opportunities for high school and college students and to depoliticize the Supreme Court by creating 15 justices, with five chosen unanimously by the other 10.

He mentioned climate change several times in his talk with donors. In response to an audience question about nuclear power, he said that the "biggest environmental threat we face is carbon" and that, while he has some concerns, "nuclear power, which is carbon free, belongs in the power portfolio. That said, advancing toward adding to our nuclear generation capacity is less attractive than developing new carbon-free sources."

Another audience member, a man who said he immigrated to the United States from Pakistan more than 30 years ago, asked how Buttigieg would address what he described as the damage Trump has done to American foreign policy.

Buttigieg responded that Trump's "'America first' approach ... really amounts to 'America alone' at a time we can least afford to be alone.

"The world needs the U.S. right now more than ever but it can't be any America. It's gotta be America at our best. It's gotta be an America that is authentically leading on issues of freedom and self-determination, human rights and democracy and climate — issues that are understood around the world to matter, even by people whose governments are sometimes hostile to us," Buttigieg said. "It doesn't work if our own president is echoing the vocabulary of dictators."

The former Indiana mayor frequently blasted Trump — and repeated his stump speech adage of asking the crowd to visualize the sun rising on Nov. 4 with Trump out of the White House. But he told the room that "this is about more than just decisively defeating Donald Trump.

"This is about making sure," he said, "that the voices of those who aren't sure whether they're even being heard right now in the halls of power where decisions are made are actually represented."

Buttigieg is among eight candidates still competing for the Democratic nomination (20 have dropped out). He urged all of them to embrace whoever is ultimately nominated.

"Some will not agree with us on 100% of everything. That's OK," he said. "But what we've gotta do ... is define ourselves not by who we push out but who we can bring to our side."

With less than three weeks until the California primary, Buttigieg made campaign stops in San Francisco (where he faced protests from queer activists who criticized the openly gay candidate for not fully representing LGBTQ+ experiences, according to media reports) and Palo Alto before heading to Sacramento for a scheduled town hall meeting on Friday. He last visited Palo Alto in December.

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly stated the military branch where Buttigieg served -- it was the U.S. Navy, not the Army. Embarcadero Media regrets the error.

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27 people like this
Posted by Pete 2020
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

We attended the Palo Alto event today, Pete is the real deal, a brilliant guy, thoughtful and inclusive. It puzzles me why the LGBTQ community would be critical of him. He represents ALL of us, that’s what a president is supposed to do. I would think they would celebrate his success just as the Irish celebrated JFK and the African American community celebrated Obama. Pete is the one candidate who will resonate with battleground state. Make America Ethical again #Pete2020


21 people like this
Posted by Bernie 2020
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm

They're critical for the same reason every other group is: because Pete is an empty suit. The only real deal in the race is the Bernie, the guy who won Iowa and New Hampshire, and who actually polls ahead of Trump in battleground states, unlike Pete. Folks like you need to rally around Bernie so we can defeat Trump in the general, rather than dragging out a divisive primary.


8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Bailey Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 9:53 am

The crime rate is South Bend increased 70% while Pete was mayor. While the national crime rate decreased 2%.


17 people like this
Posted by Lenny
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2020 at 11:29 am

Bernie does not stand a chance winning in the general against Trump.

Moderate D and moderate Ind. will never support him.

You can not say you are going to take away hard fought health insurance that unions have for their members, and expect to get their votes.

You cannot say that you are going to ban fracking and expect to win back the states that flipped to Trump.

You cannot say that you are a communist/socialist and expect the middle, Ind. to vote for him.

Think about it, why are the members in the House and Senate sounding the alarm if Bernie is the nominee.


5 people like this
Posted by Bernie 2020
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 11:38 am

It's horrifying to me that you would suggest that "moderate" Democrats and independents would rather elect Trump than a popular candidate who has won the first two primaries and presents a positive vision for the country. These people don't sound very moderate to me if they prefer Trump as president!


12 people like this
Posted by Lenny
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

@Bernie 2020,

As much as you want a revolution, it is not going to happen.

People will not vote for Trump, but they will stay home and not vote at all.


7 people like this
Posted by Bernie 2020
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:19 pm

I don't think your dismissive, divisive attitude reflects well on the candidate you support. I hope that in November you will choose to defeat Donald Trump rather than continue to engage in these purity politics and sit it out just because your preferred candidate did not win.

If we look at the numbers, Bernie beats Trump in national polls and in the key battleground states that prevented the Democrats from winning in 2020. Pete, on the other hand, loses those states.


26 people like this
Posted by Lenny
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:29 pm

Hillary was ahead in every poll in 2016.
Polls do not tell the whole story. If they were right then Trump would not be the President.

I am leaning to 2 candidates right now. I will make my final choice in 2 weeks. I will vote for the one who has the best chance to beat Trump.


3 people like this
Posted by Bernie 2020
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:36 pm

If polls don't suit you, you can simply look at how Bernie has won the first two primaries already. I appreciate your ability to commit to supporting the nominee, regardless of who it is, so that we can defeat Donald Trump in November.


23 people like this
Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Lenny's concern trolling for the Putin backed Trumpinsta's.

Bernie Bros will vote blue no matter what. Moderate Republicans will stay home rather than vote for the impeached buffoon flouting all laws and norms (interfere with DOJ and their 7 felonies convicted Roger Stone?!?! Sheesh!)

If it's Bernie, he'll get all the Dems and Independents. Trump and Radio Moscow/Sputnik will harp on him in the midwest, but Bernie and the rest are polling higher than Hillary was during the last week of 2016 (Hillary was polling with a 2-4% lead that week. She won by ~2%)

The only place I hear people saying they have a blue purity test for the general is online, anonymous sites (ie.. Trumpers 'concern trolling' about the Dem primary;) never anyone in-person, talking.

Ignore the trolls.


latest at RCP: Web Link

Monday, February 10
Race/Topic (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election:
Quinnipiac


Trump vs. Biden Biden 50, Trump 43 Biden +7

Trump vs. Sanders Sanders 51, Trump 43 Sanders +8

Trump vs. Warren Warren 48, Trump 44 Warren +4

Trump vs. Bloomberg Bloomberg 51, Trump 42 Bloomberg +9

Trump vs. Buttigieg Buttigieg 47, Trump 43 Buttigieg +4

Trump vs. Klobuchar Klobuchar 49, Trump 43 Klobuchar +6


Trumpers are like their face-dyed, obese, self-admitted-sexual-predator icon - liars. They will lie about anything to avoid reality.

Notice they never post links to any proof?


15 people like this
Posted by Lenny
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:19 pm

You seem to think that because you live in a bubble, that the entire country thinks like you.

Last week in Nevada, you had the Culinary Union, 130,000 members strong, write a position paper stating what positions that each candidate has on issues. They stated that Bernie wants to take away their health insurance and substitute it for Medicare. What happened?, you had the Bernie people call in threats to the Union for pointing this out. They were going to endorse Biden, but backed off after all the threats. You think that you will get the majority of those people to vote for Bernie in the general?

What is the National party doing? They are changing the rules to keep Bernie from winning. They now changed the rules since Biden is falling, to allow Bloomberg into the debates.

At the convention, they have the rules set so if no one has the delegates needed at the first round to win outright, then the super delegates steps in and each one of their votes counts for 2 votes, and the candidates gets reduced to 1/2 vote.

So you are fighting the National Party, and the moderate D and Ind.voters to win the Presidency? Not to smart IMHO.


7 people like this
Posted by Bernie 2020
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

You won't get any argument from me that party elites and leadership are opposed to Bernie's candidacy. It's disheartening that they're substituting their judgment for the judgment of the people, but it's nothing new. For example, you'll find that the Culinary Union's membership was strongly supportive of Bernie, but leadership was opposed, hence the "no endorsement." Bernie has the most support from labor unions of all the candidates, as they recognize universal healthcare will allow them to spend efforts negotiating better wages and hours, instead of fighting for basic healthcare coverage.

Either way, he's the strongest candidate to get back Obama-Trump voters, and the strongest among the Democratic base. That's part of why he's won two primaries already and has such a strong following. A long divisive primary tearing down the frontrunner won't help Democrats defeat Trump.


29 people like this
Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:22 pm

America will not get M$A unless we take the White House and the Senate, no matter who you support in the primary.

Bonus: if we take both, we likely pick up more house seats, giving the most effective Speaker in decades even more room to maneuver.


*******

Trump vs. Biden Biden 50, Trump 43 Biden +7
Trump vs. Sanders - Sanders +8
Trump vs. Warren - Warren +4
Trump vs. Bloomberg Bloomberg +9
Trump vs. Buttigieg - Buttigieg +4
Trump vs. Klobuchar - Klobuchar +6

*******


5 people like this
Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:24 pm

sorry

*M4A

Medicare for all - like EVERY other industrialized, advanced country.


26 people like this
Posted by Berners give me a break,
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

If you support the current POTUS you can thank the progressive Berners, 1 in 10 voted for Mr Trump because they were pouting that Bernie was not the nominee. And it looks like they are headed that way again. And by the way we met several natives of South Bend, who lived there when Pete was Mayor they said city improved considerably after his two terms (which he won with 80% of the vote, 2nd term AFTER he came out). Apparently a rust belt city in a red state was ready for a gay Mayor (seems Iowa and NH voters feel the same).

Even though I do not think Bernie can win electoral, I will vote blue if Bernie is nominee and I URGE his supporters to do the same if he is not. In other words grow up and put on your big boy pants.


6 people like this
Posted by Pete 2020
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm

@Bernie 2020 - Pete has the most delegates, the popular vote does not matter...remember? Bernie won NH by the skin of his teeth. If popular vote mattered, #45 would be on his next reality TV show and Hillary would be our president. Nobody heard of Pete a year ago he has run a very strong campaign. The soon-to-be Octogenarians running against him have had their day, their warranties are up and the need to mentor a new generation of leadership.


7 people like this
Posted by Scary
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 17, 2020 at 3:25 pm

That's pretty scary. If these Bernie voters stay home again unless we nominate Bernie, we really should consider voting for him. I'm a Klobuchar fan, personally, but I really can't risk seeing Trump reelected because those people stay home. I'm going to have to hold my nose and vote Bernie in the primary in the best interest of the country.


1 person likes this
Posted by Local
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Come on people you're all scared because Trump is going to win by a landslide.


17 people like this
Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm

"you're all scared because Trump is going to win by a landslide"

Trump vs. Biden Biden 50, Trump 43 Biden +7
Trump vs. Sanders - Sanders +8
Trump vs. Warren - Warren +4
Trump vs. Bloomberg Bloomberg +9
Trump vs. Buttigieg - Buttigieg +4
Trump vs. Klobuchar - Klobuchar +6


Nice try. We know you're freaking out because everyone is polling better than you orange admitted sexual predator ("I grab 'em by the...")


1 person likes this
Posted by Local
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 17, 2020 at 5:33 pm

I’m not freaking out. Your hate for Trump Is so big you can’t see the good he’s done. Your numbers are a joke.


11 people like this
Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 17, 2020 at 7:12 pm

"you can’t see the good he’s done"

Like what? The stock market is on the same trend as Obama's 8 years (which doubled the market.) Look at any 15 year monthly jobs chart and you'll see an extension of the same numbers as the Obama recovery. Look at any 20 year chart of quarterly GDP and you'll see the same numbers as the Obama recovery.

Manufacturing? The same as Obama Web Link

Growth? Same as Obama Web Link

I'd post more links, but have two problems:

1. This site supports only a couple links per post.
2. Trump's koolaid drinkers refuse to look at facts anyway, so why bother posting facts?



Trump beats Obama in two areas:

1. Trump over-promises on everything - like promising 4% annual growth for the trillion dollar tax cut for corporations.

Growth is half of what he promised - see above chart

2. Obama cut the deficit by half. Trump's trillion dollar deficits ar double Obama's deficits.


So: "you can’t see the good he’s done".

True. He's almost as good as Obama on some metrics, and completely awful on many others.






2 people like this
Posted by Oh Boy
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 18, 2020 at 9:31 am

The DNC is letting Bloomberg onto the debate stage in Nevada. They will take the nomination away again from Bernie.

Latest poll in Virginia,
22% for Bloomberg,
22% for Sanders,
and 18% for Biden.

If Biden drops out it will be a huge spike for Bloomberg.

Warren will need to drop out so supporters can go to Bernie.


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Posted by concern trolling for the orange impotus
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 18, 2020 at 5:19 pm

"If Biden drops out it will be a huge spike for Bloomberg"

And EW becomes the perfect middle ground consensus candidate. Other than that, you "concerns" (see above) are duly noted.


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