Buttigieg Campaign Announcement

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We ran the numbers: There are 573 news articles covering this topic. 75% (430) are left leaning, 21% (118) center, 4% (25) right leaning.

On Sunday, South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg officially announced his candidacy for president. Buttigieg, 37, is a supporter of single-payer healthcare, gun regulations, and environmental protections to mitigate the effects of climate change. If elected, he would be both the youngest and the first gay president of the United States. Buttigieg hosted his launch in a building that had been a Studebaker plant but which was vacated when the manufacturer left South Bend in 1963 but has since been partially converted into a tech incubator. Articles from both sides of the spectrum noted the challenges, such as fundraising, that Buttigieg must tackle in order to remain a strong contender.

Left-leaning articles covering Buttigieg’s announcements were more likely to emphasize the historic nature of Buttigieg’s run; for example, TIME’s headline read “Pete Buttigieg Enters Presidential Race With a Message of Generational Change.” Similarly, CNN underscored the symbolism of the location of the launch, explaining how its conversion has helped to revitalize areas of South Bend, quoting Buttigieg as saying “The rain location may be a blessing in disguise because there is such symbolic power in that building and you can see in it the past, the present and the future. I talk so much about how we're not looking to turn back the clock and it's not about retrieving some impossible again. That building is kind of a living symbol of all of that.”

Meanwhile, headlines from right-leaning news organizations simply stated that Buttigieg had announced his run; for instance, Breitbart’s headline stated “Pete Buttigieg Announces 2020 Democrat Presidential Campaign”, and quoted extensively from Buttigieg’s announcement speech.