On April 4th, 2020, GU Politics hosted Pete Buttigieg, former Democratic Presidential nominee and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for a virtual Reflections on Running event.
As Pete Buttigieg told the audience, a good campaign is all about human interaction. Though slow and limited in reach, there’s nothing better than person-to-person communication for authenticity and effectiveness. “Whatever we come up with, I think it is really important that it be an approach that still makes it possible with eye-to-eye, in-person, in-your-face campaigning to cut through” the noise of campaign seasons. At 38, the youngest candidate of the Democratic primary, Buttigieg found surprising success with voters across the country through a moderate, cross-aisle, and Midwestern appeal that found a sizable niche against more established senators, governors, and a former Vice President.
Following on the talk’s general theme of authenticity, he discouraged the notion of limited, direct career paths. “If you focus on the issues you care about and follow that wherever it takes you — and it might be activism or office or scholarship — that’s going to be a much more authentic path.”