21 November 2019 10:51
(CNN) South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Monday in New York that he is aware of the lack of diversity at some of his presidential campaign events, including the fundraiser he was headlining, adding that he was "very intent" on fixing it. The question from a voter gets to a key question about the Buttigieg campaign: Can the South Bend mayor win over African-American voters who make up a key--if not the key--demographic in the Democratic primary? "I could talk 'til I'm blue in the face how about how important it is that our campaign, our base of supporters and future administration reflect this country," Buttigieg said in response to a question about the "crowd... "The honest answer to that question is I need your help. I need your help reaching out to anybody that could benefit from a more inclusive and more hopeful politics.
He added: "We are very conscious and very intent on building the most diverse possible base of supporters at every level, from the committee to the people who fill the room that help lift us up. And that's the kind of campaign we want to build." After months of speculation, Pete Buttigieg – the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana – has announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Were he to win the Democratic ticket, and eventually the election, he would make history on a number of fronts, becoming the youngest ever president as well as the first to be openly gay. Buttigieg – otherwise known as "Mayor Pete" – said in his speech that he recognised "the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor", and that his bid to become president was "more than a little bold". But his announcement was met with overwhelming support from voters, who are excited to see a new name among the current Democratic frontrunners, which include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.