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Jan. 24, 2019 - Yesterday South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced formation of a presidential exploratory committee and discussed his decision in a media availability.  Buttigieg, 37, has served as mayor of South Bend, a city of about 102,000 people in northern Indiana, since 2011, with a break of seven months in 2013-14 to serve in Afganistan.  Today, addressing a plenary session at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Buttigieg acknowledged that he understands "the audacity of running for president at my age, especially because sometimes downstairs I'll still get carded when I order a beer."  However, he stated, "[R]ight now I believe the time has come for a new generation of leadership to come forward at the highest levels."  Buttigieg also made the case that his service as mayor has been good preparation to serve as president.  "A mayor, like a president, has to do three things," Buttigieg said.  "To capably run an administration, to pass and implement good policies, and most importantly, and most missing right now at the national level, to call people to their highest values in times of stress and division."  Bringing his speech to a close, Buttigieg outlined the three pillars of his (exploratory) campaign: freedom, democracy and security.  transcript
Fielding reporters' questions after his speech.

As chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors task force on automation, Buttigieg chaired a panel on "Dignity, Community, and City Policy in the Age of Automation."
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