Biden taps Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would be the first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary if approved by the Senate.
3:09 | 12/16/20

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Transcript for Biden taps Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary
Meanwhile president elect Joseph Biden announced his pick for transportation secretary today former south Ben Indiana mayor and presidential candidate Pete who judged. If confirmed region would be the first openly gay cabinet secretary approved by the US senate in history. I can remember watching the news seventeen years old in Indiana. Seeing a story about an appointee of president Clinton's name to be an ambassador attacks stands denied a vote in the senate. Because he was getting. Ultimately able to serve only by recess appointment I can't help but think but a seventeen year old somewhere who might be watching us right now. Somebody who wonders whether and where they belong in the world or even in their own Sam. And I'm thinking about the message that today's announcement is sending to them. For more on this pick and how Biden's cabinet is shaping up let's bring in ABC news contributor LC granderson. Housing good afternoon would think this pick means to the LG BTQ community. Hiding who you are Christian brutal approach weren't so much. Rest of horror stories are true. Refuse to seat candidates from our cause a problem. He's elected there's only eight members of the accused from Indiana and recognize the huge huge signal in terms I recognize. It wherever we don't everywhere and so these are all our Jerusalem ranking. Politics and when you can progress and continues to root out in my. And l.s in its Kerry there is some push back on this nomination from the progressives some of the progress especially black progressives. In part because of booted judges. Record in South Bend a city that has really struggled with racial issues and people don't. Like the way he dealt with him so much so how problematic is that before Biden especially. How given how crucial black voters are in his coalition. Suppose we enjoy it Richards and Martin EU candidates. Elected officials. Promises that no their record and other fast and so I don't disagree. Oh yeah she's. Prince intellectual. Just when he was part. Price Fresno way common terrorists. Confidence in superiors. And Sanders are you going born in. Your newscasts from our. The mayor's former. Administration. Continues lower keys oh. Can that mr. on the Republican side as well given their their base there Fuzzy granderson thanks very much good to see.

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