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Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
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Buttigieg has positioned himself as a moderate and has called for generational change in political leadership. The second-term mayor is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and was a Rhodes scholar.
Harvard College, B.A., 2004; University of Oxford, Rhodes scholar, 2007
January 19, 1982
Chasten Buttigieg
US Navy Reserve, 2009-2017;
Consultant at McKinsey and Co., 2007-2010
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Updated 01/26/20
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Updated 01/26/20
Monmouth Univ.
Updated 01/22/20
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CNN poll: Sanders adds to momentum with lead in New Hampshire
Updated 11:25 AM ET, Sun Jan 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders leads the race for the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire. Overall, 25% of likely Democratic primary voters back the Vermont senator, with former Vice President Joe Biden (16%), former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15%) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (12%) battling for second place. Behind these four, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (6%), Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (5%) and businessman Andrew Yang (5%) make up a third tier of candidates. Sanders' edge in New Hampshire, a state he won by more than 20 points in the 2016 primaries, comes as polling from CNN and others in Iowa and nationally shows him gaining ground. In New Hampshire, he has edged up 4 points since the last CNN/UNH poll there in October. Warren has slid 6 points in that time. Biden holds about even with his October support and Buttigieg has gained 5 points. As in polling elsewhere, shifting preferences among liberals have changed the dynamic of the race: Sanders has gained 13 points among liberal likely primary voters in New Hampshire while Warren has dropped 7 points. Sanders now holds a clear lead within that group: 39% back him, 21% Warren. The Vermont senator has also made gains since October among women (rising from 19% to 27%), and among registered Democrats (from 20% to 29%). And when asked who they think will win the primary in New Hampshire, nearly 40% of likely Democratic primary voters name Sanders (39%). About half (49%) of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire say they are still deciding on their choice, outweighing the 3 in 10 who are firm in their choice (31%). Another 20% say they are leaning toward their candidate but haven't yet definitely made up their minds. Those who have definitely decided on whom to support, though, are more apt to be Sanders supporters than other likely primary voters: 37% in that group back Sanders, 18% Buttigieg, 17% Biden and 12% Warren. The survey counts as a qualifying poll for the next Democratic debate in February, and among those who have not yet qualified for the stage, both Yang and Gabbard reach 5%. With this and the Washington Post/ABC News poll released overnight, Yang qualifies for the February debate, Gabbard would need three more. Warren continues to top the list of second choices in New Hampshire, with 20% naming her as their second choice. But that figure is bolstered by those who back Sanders. Among Sanders supporters, 46% say Warren is their second choice candidate. But looking at second choices among those supporting other candidates, a wider range of choices emerge: 17% say Sanders is their second choice, 16% say Buttigieg, 10% each say Biden and Warren, 9% say Klobuchar, 8% Yang, and 6% each say businessman Tom Steyer and Gabbard. Sanders, Warren and Biden each remain well-liked among the pool of likely Democratic primary voters, with majorities holding favorable views of each. Several candidates have made big gains in favorability since the October survey, however, with Yang leading the pack. More than half, 52%, now say they have a favorable view of Yang, up 16 points since October and the largest gain for any candidate. Buttigieg's favorable rating has climbed nine points and he now stands between Sanders and Warren at the top of the field with 64% holding a favorable view of him. Steyer's numbers have also risen nine points to 40% favorability. And Klobuchar's favorability ratings continue to rise, landing six points higher at 46% in this poll. Sanders and Buttigieg run about even when asked who in the field is most likable (24% Sanders, 22% Buttigieg), with Biden at 14% and Yang at 11%. The women in the field -- Klobuchar, Gabbard and Warren -- all trail in single digits. Sanders is broadly seen as the most progressive candidate in the field; 50% say so, similar to the 47% who felt that way in October. He also holds advantages as best able to handle health care (36% Sanders, 14% Warren, 13% Biden, 9% Buttigieg), and the climate crisis (30% Sanders, 18% Steyer, 11% Warren, 9% Biden, 7% Buttigieg), the two issues at the top of voters' priority lists in this year's election. He also leads the field on handling gun policies (21% Sanders, 13% Warren, 12% Biden, 11% Buttigieg). Voters are divided over who can best handle the economy, with 18% saying Biden, 17% saying Sanders, and 16% saying Warren. Steyer also lands in double-digits here with 12% naming him. Biden holds a wide edge on foreign policy (39% say he is best able to handle it, followed by 16% for Sanders and 11% for Warren). The former vice president is also most likely to be seen as having the best chance to win in November: 41% name Biden, up five points since October, with 20% naming Sanders, and just 8% for Buttigieg and 6% for Warren. Three in 10 Biden backers say they see him as having the best chance to win, though he is not the candidate they like best. Those figures stand at just 9% for Sanders supporters and 6% among Buttigieg backers. But Biden, Warren, Buttigieg and Klobuchar each would inspire less enthusiasm should they become the Democratic nominee than would Sanders. Overall, 41% say they would be enthusiastic should Sanders capture the nomination, 34% if Buttigieg topped the ticket, 31% if it was Warren, 30% if it was Biden and 23% should Klobuchar carry the day. Likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire continue to express greater interest in the primaries than do likely Republican primary voters (60% extremely interested on the Democratic side vs. 51% on the Republican side). But perhaps the lack of interest is due to the lack of competition on the Republican side. Nine in 10 likely Republican primary voters back President Donald Trump for his party's nomination, and almost three-quarters (73%) say they have definitely decided whom to support. The President's major competitors each hold less than 5% support in the poll. Statewide, the poll finds Trump's approval rating at 50%, up from 44% in an October survey. That includes a boost among Republicans and among independents. At the same time, however, fewer New Hampshire residents say they will definitely or probably vote to reelect the President (46%) than say they will definitely or probably vote against him (49%). Those firmly committed against the President (43%) outpace those solidly behind him (37%). New Hampshire remains tilted against removing Trump from office through the impeachment trial currently underway in the Senate. In October, 51% said Trump should not be impeached and removed. In the new poll, 50% disapprove of the House's decision to impeach the President, and 53% say the Senate should not vote to remove Trump from office. Views on both questions are sharply divided by party. The CNN New Hampshire Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center was conducted Jan. 15 through 23 among a random sample of 1,176 adults in New Hampshire. Results among the subset of 516 likely Democratic primary voters have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percent, it is plus or minus 4.9 points among the subset of 394 likely Republican primary voters.
climate crisis
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Buttigieg released a plan in September 2019 that aims to move the US to clean energy and agriculture, shield existing communities and industries from the effects of climate change and lead a global response to the crisis. He calls for the Department of Defense to set up a Climate Watch Floor and would create a new senior climate security role within the department. He aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, pledging to invest $25 billion annually in research by 2025 – a move he compares to the Manhattan Project – and to set a price on carbon, generating money that would be returned to Americans as a dividend. He says his plan would generate 3 million new jobs as the economy transitions to clean energy production. Buttigieg pledges to spend $5 billion annually on grants for rural communities and ensure that new infrastructure “can withstand extreme weather and sea level rise.” He calls for integrating climate change into national security planning. Buttigieg supports the Green New Deal, the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. He has also proposed his own plan, which would impose a carbon tax on corporations and polluters and pass on the money raised from that tax to Americans as a dividend. Buttigieg has said he would rejoin the Paris climate accord, the landmark 2015 deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon. Buttigieg says he wants to ensure the US – “not China” – will lead the climate response globally, and suggests he’d use sanctions to push other countries to adopt carbon-pricing programs. He has also said that while the Paris accord is critical, he would like to hold a “Pittsburgh summit” within his first 100 days as president, where cities would come together to work on curbing emissions. More on Buttigieg’s climate crisis policy
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On the campaign trail, Buttigieg has clearly stated his view that manufacturing jobs are not returning to their previous levels because of factors like automation. In July 2019, he introduced a plan aimed at protecting workers and putting big tech companies firmly in the hot seat. Buttigieg would guarantee the right to join a union for all American workers including gig economy workers – like Uber and Lyft drivers, who are considered independent contractors and not employees of the companies. Buttigieg is no fan of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and has suggested that it caused significant and largely irreversible job loss. He has also focused on the need for the federal government to spur entrepreneurship in underserved communities. He has proposed having the government “triple the number of entrepreneurs from underserved areas – particularly ones of color – within 10 years” by offering grants and incentivizing investment in underserved areas and overhauling credit scoring as a way to open up credit opportunities for traditionally underserved communities. In August 2019, Buttigieg rolled out a proposal to provide $500 million in federal funding for “Regional Innovation Clusters.” Those would allow state and local governments to take the lead on developing economic projects based on the specific needs of individual rural communities through a grant program judged by a panel of entrepreneurs across the country. Buttigieg pledges up to $5 billion to expand apprenticeship networks across the country “to ensure an apprenticeship program in a growing industry is available within 30 miles of every American,” including underserved rural areas. Buttigieg seeks to create “Community Renewal visas,” with the aim of attracting high-skilled immigrants with the promise of attaining green cards at the end of three-year residencies in rural communities. Buttigieg also supports raising the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 and passing paid family and medical leave. More on Buttigieg’s economic policy
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Buttigieg – who, along with his husband, Chasten, has student loan debt that combined amounts to six figures – does not support making college tuition-free. He argues that lower- and middle-income families should benefit from tuition-free public college but not the children of the wealthy, or, as he put it once, “even the children of billionaires.” Buttigieg has looked to tie education affordability to his national service plan. The mayor, who himself served in the Navy Reserve, said his administration would provide support and incentives for students who decide to go into a service field before or after college. Buttigieg says he supports charter schools in some instances, but he said in Iowa earlier this year that “for-profit charter schools should not be our vision for the future.” His plan to combat racial inequality in the United States would increase resources to historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions by $25 billion. More on Buttigieg’s education policy
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Buttigieg released a plan in August 2019 that would increase federal funding to combat hate and violent extremism, boost federal research into gun violence and work with social media companies to stem incendiary rhetoric online. He would dedicate $1 billion to law enforcement, including increasing the FBI’s field staff, for “sufficient resources to counter the growing tide of white nationalist violence.” Those funds would also be reinvested in Department of Homeland Security efforts to fight extremism, violence and hate. Buttigieg supports universal background checks. He has also backed a nationwide gun licensing system and a ban on the sale of so-called assault weapons. As mayor of South Bend, he’s long had a focus on reducing gun violence. Buttigieg joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group of more than 1,000 current and former mayors advocating stricter gun laws, in 2013 and supported the South Bend Group Violence Intervention, a program aimed at combating gun violence in the city.Buttigieg often talks about gun laws through a personal lens. As the youngest candidate in the 2020 race, he grew up in an era when school shootings have become common. As a veteran, he has training and experience with weapons. More on Buttigieg’s gun violence policy
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Buttigieg supports what he calls “Medicare for all who want it” – an idea that he says is a pathway to the “Medicare for All” proposal backed by other candidates, which would create a national government health care plan and essentially eliminate the private insurance industry. Under Buttigieg’s plan, private health insurance would still exist for consumers. Buttigieg also focuses on health care in his Douglass Plan, aimed at combating inequality for African Americans. He plans to diversify the medical workforce and create “health equity zones” to address health care disparities in certain geographic locations. In August 2019, he proposed a plan to improve health care access in rural communities by waiving visa requirements to attract immigrant doctors, increasing access to telehealth services by expanding high speed internet and creating a new office within the Department of Health and Human Services. Buttigieg plans to reduce maternal mortality rates by funding pre-maternity homes and offering subsidies for housing and transportation. He would also extend Medicaid coverage for one-year postpartum. Currently, Medicaid typically covers only 60 days of postpartum care. In October 2019, Buttigieg released a plan aimed at reducing prescription drug costs and jump-starting pharmaceutical innovation. The plan, titled “Affordable Medicine for All,” would penalize pharmaceutical companies that raise prices by more than the rate of inflation and by increasing the annual Branded Prescription Drug Fee, a section of the Affordable Care Act that sets an annual fee according to each manufacturer’s share of drug sales that goes to government programs like Medicare Part D and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Buttigieg also released an LGBTQ rights plan that proposes eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030, ensuring access to the HIV drug PrEP for all who need it, finding a cure for AIDS and ensuring health insurance providers cover trans-specific medical care. More on Buttigieg’s health care policy
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Buttigieg has said he wants a comprehensive immigration plan, which would include providing a pathway to citizenship for those who received Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants, including people brought to the US as minors. He also calls for addressing the backlogs in the immigration and asylum processes and having “reasonable” security measures at the US-Mexico border. “I don’t have a problem with enhanced border security, perhaps to include fencing,” Buttigieg told PBS in February 2019. He suggested border security cannot be simplified with “just putting up a wall from sea to shining sea.” He has also proposed ending family separation at the border and evaluating practices from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Customs and Border Protection “to ensure similar humanitarian crises never happen again.” More on Buttigieg’s immigration policy
UK will allow Huawei to help build its 5G network despite US pressure
Updated 12:14 PM ET, Tue Jan 28, 2020
The British government said Tuesday that it will allow China's Huawei to help build the country's next generation of super-fast wireless networks, a decision that could undermine trade and intelligence ties with the United States. The announcement follows months of public debate in the United Kingdom over how to respond to concerns raised by the US government about potential national security risks posed by Huawei components and the threat of Chinese cyber attacks. UK mobile operators will be able to use Huawei equipment in their 5G networks but the company will be excluded from "security critical" core areas, according to a statement from the government. The Trump administration had been pressing for a total ban on Huawei products, alleging that Beijing could use the equipment for snooping. It had warned that US-UK intelligence sharing could be put at risk. Under Chinese law, Chinese companies can be ordered to act under the direction of Beijing. Huawei has consistently denied that it would help the Chinese government to spy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under intense pressure, including from within his party, to agree to the US demands on Huawei. He discussed the issue with President Donald Trump in a phone call on Friday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Sunday that Britain faced a "momentous" decision on 5G. Huawei already has a significant presence in UK wireless networks, and has been operating under supervision by government security agencies since 2003. "We've always treated them as a 'high risk vendor' and have worked to limit their use in the UK and put extra mitigations around their equipment and services," Ian Levy, technical director of the National Cyber Security Centre, said in a blog post. In a statement, the company said it was "reassured" that it would be able to continue working with its UK customers on 5G, albeit in a restricted role. "We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology," said Victor Zhang, a vice president at Huawei. The issue demonstrates how a conflict between the United States and China over the future of technology is forcing other countries to take sides, especially when it comes to advancements that could affect national security. 5G allows greater and faster data processing, and is seen as an integral component of new interconnected technologies such as automated vehicles and smart appliances. Johnson's government has pledged to bring 5G to the entire country by 2025. Huawei, which is a leader in 5G technology and also one of the world's biggest sellers of smartphones, has seen its business targeted in a concerted campaign by the United States. But its products are often described as superior and cheaper than those sold by European rivals Nokia and Ericsson. Some experts say that Huawei owes part of its success to favorable loans from the Chinese state, an assertion the company disputes. The UK government said "high risk vendors" like Huawei will be excluded from all safety critical infrastructure, security critical "core" functions of the network and sensitive locations such as military sites and nuclear power stations. The company will also be limited to supplying 35% of network equipment and base stations, or carrying 35% of network traffic. "The government is certain that these measures, taken together, will allow us to mitigate the potential risk posed by the supply chain and to combat the range of threats, whether cyber criminals, or state sponsored attacks," the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement. A spokesperson for telecom company BT, which operates networks in the United Kingdom and several other markets, said the government's decision "is an important clarification for the industry." It said it does not use Huawei equipment in its core networks. Three, another mobile network operator, said it was reviewing the announcement. O2, the UK brand of Spain's Telefonica, said that Huawei products make up less than 1% of the network infrastructure it owns. O2 said it would continued to work with its primary vendors, Nokia and Ericsson. Vodafone said it does not use Huawei equipment in core parts of its network. A spokesperson said the company would study the decision and its potential impact on the rest of its network, and work with authorities if it needs to swap out any parts. Trump administration 'disappointed' Britain, which will leave the European Union on Friday, faced a tough choice on whether to use the company's products. In recent years, it has courted investment from China, but it has a very close relationship with the United States and is banking on a new trade deal with Washington after Brexit. Allowing Huawei into its 5G networks could make such an agreement harder to get. The Trump administration said Tuesday it was "disappointed" with the decision. A senior administration official told CNN Business the United States will continue to press "all countries" to avoid using Huawei wireless gear. "There is no safe option for untrusted vendors to control any part of a 5G network," the official said. "We look forward to working with the UK on a way forward that results in the exclusion of untrusted vendor components from 5G networks." Three members of the US Senate, which plays a role in approving trade deals, made the stakes clear in a letter to Johnson on Monday. Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton and John Cornyn told Johnson that while they did not want to "threaten" a free trade deal or to review how the countries share intelligence, the facts on Huawei "are clear." "We hope that your government will make the right decision and reject Huawei's inclusion in its 5G infrastructure," the Republican senators wrote. The Trump administration did not respond Tuesday when asked whether the UK decision would affect intelligence sharing. US Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement that the Chinese Communist Party had now "infected" an intelligence alliance between the United States and its closest allies. "Here's the sad truth: our special relationship is less special now that the UK has embraced the surveillance state commies at Huawei," Sasse said. But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, speaking to UK lawmakers, denied the decision would affect the United Kingdom's ability "to share highly sensitive intelligence data over highly secure networks, both within the UK and with our partners." — Brian Fung in Washington contributed to this article.