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Who do you want to be president—Pete Buttigieg or Donald Trump?

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has soared in the polls since entering the race as a virtual unknown in early 2019. Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and openly gay. Thus far, Mayor Pete has presented few detailed policy platforms, instead building his campaign on ideology. Buttigieg has positioned himself as a caring, faith-filled, moderate liberal alternative to Donald Trump. Would you support his candidacy over the current president?

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On poll after poll, Democratic voters say the ability to unseat Donald Trump in a general election is the quality they value most in a Democratic candidate. As of June 2019, the field is lead by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. We want to know who you would vote for over President Donald Trump in the general election. 

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Buttigieg has built his campaign around his reputation as an educated, thoughtful moderate in the style of Barack Obama. Much like Obama, he has less political experience than many of his opponents in the primary. He argues, however, that his experience as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana has given him more hands-on leadership experience than most other politicians. During an interview with Face the Nation, he explained: 

Well, I just have a different style and a different vocabulary. Part of it's because I'm a mayor. And so my world is one of being on the ground. We- we eat what we cook as mayors. We- we live with the policy decisions we make. There's no force field of- of staff between me and the constituents who count on me to deliver everything from life, safety and security to clean safe drinking water to good economic development. You just have to get things done. I also come from the industrial Midwest, the exact part of the country where Democrats had trouble getting our message through in recent years, which is part of how we got the president that we have now. And I'm someone who's committed to taking on the flaws in our systems at a very basic level. Our political and economic systems. If they weren't flawed we wouldn't be here. A president like the one we're living with today does not even get within cheating distance of the Oval Office under normal circumstances, but we're not living under normal circumstances, and I think we need new voices ready to explain what it's going to take in order to make sure that we have better wages and a better standard of living and a more secure life and also a social fabric that actually makes us all feel like Americans, rather than being pitted against each other.
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Many have criticized the Buttigieg campaign for being relatively light on policy proposals. He has, instead, said that allowing voters to get to know him on an ethical and personal level would be more beneficial in convincing them to cast a vote for him. Additionally, in a CNN town hall, he said he has made his policies and beliefs clear through his words and actions, if not in detailed policy proposals on a campaign website. 

Buttigieg responded that while policy is important, Democrats need to communicate their values without drowning voters in "minutiae."
"I've been pretty clear where I stand on major issues," he said, citing "Medicare for All" as an example.
"We'll continue to roll out specific policy proposals, too," he said. "But I also think it's important we don't drown people in minutiae before we've vindicated the values that animate our policies. We go right to the policy proposals and we expect people to be able to figure out what our values must be from that."
"I expect it will be very easy to tell where I stand on every policy issue of our time. But I'm going to take time to lay that out, rather than competing strictly on the theoretical elements of the proposals themselves," he said.
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When Buttigieg has released policy proposals, they have been extensive. He has focused primarily on foreign policy, leading the pack on the issues. Per Vox:

In 2001, Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), allowing the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”
That enabled President George W. Bush to launch the war in Afghanistan, because the Taliban in Afghanistan at the time was harboring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, who planned the 9/11 attacks. (Congress passed a separate AUMF, in 2002, to authorize the war to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq.)
But because the 2001 AUMF gave the president such broad authority to go after anyone connected to the 9/11 attacks — and didn’t set a time limit for how long the authorization would stand — it opened the door to other conflicts as well. Presidents Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have used the AUMF to pursue terrorists across the globe in disparate places such as Niger, Somalia, and Syria, often based on flimsy (or even nonexistent) connections to al-Qaeda and 9/11.
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Buttigieg has recently faced substantial criticism for his policies involving policing and racial issues. The mayor faced further criticism after a white police officer in South Bend shot and killed a black man. Buttigieg returned home to South Bend to participate in town halls with constituents. The town halls turned hostile as citizens accused Buttigieg of not caring enough about the issues facing black constituents. The situation has accentuated the mayor's lack of black support. Per the Daily Beast

“He didn’t name anybody,” the leader said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “If he’s got young black supporters, they do have names.”
That leader, who requested anonymity to speak openly about a private meeting, was not only referring to young supporters but expressing a sentiment that was apparent in talks with several African-American lawmakers: that Buttigieg’s interactions with the black community in recent weeks were “naïve” and that the national perception of him as “genuine and authentic” was not always translating when it came to their concerns.
“Pete has a black problem,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him.”
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Some have also expressed concerns Buttigieg is not as liberal as many in the Democratic party would like him to be. During a town hall, Buttigieg said he disagreed with statements made by Berne Sanders that incarcerated citizens should be allowed to vote. 

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Overall, there is a concern Buttigieg's campaign is based less on ideas and policies than it is on a vague idea of morality and Christian ethics. Per Vox

[T]hus far in Buttigieg’s campaign, I’m having a hard time determining what actually constitute his religious beliefs, in much the same way that I struggle to understand his stances on issues like health care, student debt, or income inequality. On both, he provides just enough by way of vague platitudes to find something to agree with, but few details on what he actually wants to implement.
Last week, Buttigieg finally unveiled a more fully fleshed-out issues page with a slate of policy recommendations that help clarify his views. Some, like a Medicare buy-in as a way toward universal coverage, are concrete suggestions, but much of it remains frustratingly hazy. One policy description simply states “confront student debt.”
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Who do you want to be president—Pete Buttigieg or Donald Trump?
A festive crown for the winner
#TrumpOverPete
#PresidentMayorPete