Transcript for Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially joins the 2020 presidential race
A busy weekend for presidential candidates and a new official candidate in the race. He wouldn't judge the mayor of South Bend, Indiana officially declaring he's running for the White House. He's the youngest candidate and the first openly gay one but he says it's not about winning a race it's about winning an era. ABC's chief national correspondent Mac government there in south and Indiana. Tonight the men hoping to make history could call me there Kate officially entering the crowded democratic field and I am running for president. Pete who rejects telling the crowd the race for 20/20 easy generational like this time. It's not just about winning an election. It's about winning an era. Personal story and agenda the principles that will guide my campaign for president are simple enough to fit on a bumper stick. Freedom. Security. And democracy. Specifics. Not once mentioning president Trump's name. The taking shots at the man whose job he wants when something is grotesque it's hard look away. And the horror show in Washington is mesmerizing it's all consume but starting today. We're gonna change the channel. The start was rough. The venue chosen just last week due to growing crowd estimates the roof Leakey the crowd went. In March 2 large fire and our children got this data gag it's akin to seek full of firsts. He'd be the first mayor to win a nomination the first openly gay man in office the first president under forty. He's notoriety surging last week in a public spat with fellow Hoosier vice president Mike Pence over the issue of same sex marriage. And today calling out to his husband at that fast. Marleau. And after that speech kissing him on the cheek. And to go forward Tom put a judge is gonna wanna be on the main debate stage with the other leading democratic candidates and quite every is pulling forward. In those key states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Question is how does he keep this momentum going that seven million dollar treasure chest. He certainly gonna help them keep the word out come will he make it to the main stage right Matt thanks.
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