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US Democrat Pete Buttigieg: From Mayor to President?

The big winner in the US Democrats' first primary is young, gay - and little known so far. Obama also won in Iowa back then.

Surprising winner: Pete Buttigieg wants a generation change in US politics at the age of 38 Photo: Eric Thayer / Reuters

BERLINtaz | The name of the surprising first-place winner in the primary elections for the US Democrats in the state of Iowa had to be heard by the news anchors in the audio database before they went on the air.

Pete Buttigieg was only known to insiders as one of the Democratic candidates who want to defeat Donald Trump in the presidential election in November. But with almost 27 percent of the vote, Buttigieg was ahead of his better-known rivals Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden on Wednesday.

Buttigieg's father comes from Malta, so his name is Arabic and has something to do with chicken farming. And there is something else that makes the 38-year-old politician unique: in 2015, he was the first Democratic presidential candidate to admit to a local newspaper that he was gay. In July 2018, he married his significant other. At the same time he professes his Anglican faith, but is an advocate of the separation of church and state.

He was only 29 years old when he took office as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a town of just over 100,000 people, in 2012. In 2014, during his first term in office, he was transferred to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer for the US Navy for seven months. He was re-elected in 2015 because of his successful initiatives for urban redevelopment. In South Bend he was called "Mayor Pete" for the sake of linguistic simplicity.

Too young, too inexperienced

In April 2019, Buttigieg announced that it was running for the office of president. Initially, he was considered too young and inexperienced to stand any serious chance. But in the first few debates it impressed. He called for a generational change in US politics and criticized the petty disputes in Congress, for which the people of South Bend do not understand.

Basically he takes liberal positions, wants to take steps against any discrimination, against climate change and against unlimited access to firearms. In the health system, he wants to supplement private insurance with a state component. He is against restricting the right to abortion.

Initially, he was viewed as too young and inexperienced to stand any serious chance

After his success in Iowa, he said, probably with a view to his older competitors as well as Trump: “To govern, to lead, to move this country forward, we need a president who is focused on the future and ready to take politics to leave the past in the past. "

In nationwide surveys, Buttigieg was so far in the single-digit percentage range, well behind Sanders or Biden. In the coming week he will have to show in the New Hampshire primary whether his success in Iowa has given him the momentum he needs to hold out until the summer. Just like a certain Barack Obama showed in 2008 with his surprising success in Iowa.