Pete Buttigieg Teases Official 2020 Campaign Launch

Pete Buttigieg has given a very strong hint that he plans to officially launch his presidential campaign on April 14. In a video posted to his social-media pages early Thursday, the South Bend mayor—who’s enjoyed a phenomenal rise in profile over the past few weeks—urged people to join him in the Indiana city in 10 days for a “special announcement.” In the video, showing highlights since he announced his exploratory bid in January, the 37-year-old gay military veteran says: “It’s not just about winning an election, it’s about winning an era. So if you’re ready to make our politics more honest, to fix our democracy, to defend racial justice, to look to the future, to bring generations together, join us April 14, South Bend.” A website has also been launched urging people to register for the event. Buttigieg’s popularity has shot up since his CNN town hall; his campaign announced Monday that it had raised $7 million in the first quarter of 2019.