The Democratic presidential candidate field just got a little more crowded.
That’s because South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced early Wednesday morning that he is launching a 2020 presidential exploratory committee.
I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 23, 2019
The Indiana mayor released a video announcing the move, in which he went after “the corruption, lying and crisis in Washington.”
According to Buttigieg, “our country needs a new start.”
This really isn’t a surprising move. The openly gay and Afghanistan war veteran has been mentioned as a possible candidate for some time now.
But the real question is: Can a mayor of a town from the middle of the country with absolutely no name recognition compete with the like of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Elizabeth Warren?
Well, the answer is a resounding no.
He’s likely running for vice president or perhaps something in Indiana. He has already announced that he’s not would not be seeking another term as mayor of South Bend.