CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – One of the almost two dozen candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke with voters at North Charleston High School Sunday night.
This is Pete Buttigiegs first visit to South Carolina since officially announcing his bid for president in early April.
The millennial candidate said that he has an advantage over the other blue-ticket candidates because he feels he knows what young people want.
People are looking for a message that speaks to this country, a generational change, Buttigieg says.
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If the South Bend, Indiana candidate snags the nomination, he would not only be the youngest president, but the first one thats openly gay.
Some supporters say they support him for his strong political message, but it doesnt hurt that he is part of the LGBT community.
That just happens to be who he is, it doesnt define him or his platform, said Tony Castelli, a supporter.
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Buttigieg says although he could potentially break barriers, hes running on policy, not personality.
We need someone to beat the current president and show what America is missing out on while we live through the chaos currently, Buttigieg says. I think thats part of why we can cut through all the Democrats already running in this field.
Harris told the largely African-American audience that as president, she plans to double the Justice Departments civil rights division, hold accountable social media platforms disseminating misinformation and cyberwarfare and address economic inequality for families and teachers.
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South Carolina is traditionally a red state, but Buttigieg says he knows he has his work cut out for him.
I know what its like to be a progressive in a red state you dont have to be a Democrat to believe in these values, the candidate says.
The Republican National Committee responded to his visit to the Lowcountry saying Since Pete Buttigieg has no accomplishments as Mayor to run on, you can find him campaigning on an extreme agenda supported by the radical left instead. His embrace of abolishing the Electoral College, infanticide, a government-takeover of health care, and the job-killing Green New Deal proves he is out of touch with South Carolinians.
Buttigieg says this tour stop was just the first of many visits to Charleston planned for his time on the campaign trail.
FILE – In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a campaign stop at a dairy company in Londonderry, N.H. The relatively few Democratic presidential candidates from red states have taken different approaches to convincing voters that a familiarity with Donald Trump country could help them denying him a second term. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Fresh from last week's viral moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris said the attorney general "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the president than the American people."
When youre coming from a state like that, youve got to pick your spots to try to figure out where you can have a little bit of influence, said Russell Ott, a Democratic state representative in South Carolina, which holds the Souths first presidential primary but has no Democratic statewide officeholders. I think thats something people appreciate.
The Democratic presidential candidate was the keynote speaker Sunday at the Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund dinner, attended by a mostly black audience of nearly 10,000.
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As of Sunday, 4.8 million people had watched the C-SPAN video circulating on Twitter of the California lawmaker questioning Barr, catapulting her into the spotlight amid the crowded field of more than 20 Democrats and hammering a campaign theme that she is the candidate to "prosecute the case against Trump."
The Detroit NAACP chapter is the civil rights organization's largest, and the city will host their national convention in July, where most 2020 Democrats are expected to appear.
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says it's imperative to reform the nation's criminal justice system in ways that are more equitable for all races.
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The South Bend, Indiana, Mayor told a crowd packed into a high school auditorium in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday that his plan includes eliminating mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses and also legalizing marijuana.
“Our on the ground organization is so important,” he said. “So much in relationships has to do with the trust that is built over time. While I cant personally engage with every voter or every organizer in these communities, I can make sure to build a team who will have those engagements and then create as many in-person interactions as possible for me, too.”
Buttigieg also said he wants to improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities. Buttigieg is spending two days campaigning in South Carolina, where black voters make up the majority of the Democratic primary electorate.
He has said he's making a conscious effort in his campaign to focus on issues important to black voters, meeting this past week with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader, at the Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's.
“It doesnt matter to me if the nominee is a person of color or a woman of color, even though that would be pretty amazing,” Loadholt said, admitting he had been impressed most by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. “But I just really want to hear what he has to say.”
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is repeating his calls to impeach President Donald Trump and drawing a distinction between himself and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's declining any rush to proceedings.
The former Texas congressman spoke with reporters on Sunday after a town hall at a former livestock auction space in rural Shenandoah, Iowa.
O'Rourke said special counsel Robert Mueller's report makes impeachment more necessary than ever. He said "proceedings in the House ensure that more of these facts come to light, ensure that the Senate can make a very informed decision about this president."
Asked about Pelosi cautioning against doing so O'Rourke answered, "That's fine. We're two different people."
O'Rourke said he really respects "the speaker and what she's been able to do, but when asked my opinion I've got to give my opinion not anyone else's."
Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is announcing a sweeping agriculture reform and rural investment plan that would change farm subsidies and break up major agriculture monopolies.
The plan includes a number of antitrust proposals, including breaking up existing agriculture monopolies and placing a moratorium on future mergers between big agriculture companies.
It also proposes major changes to the current farm subsidy system toward what the plan calls a "parity system." That plan seeks to ensure farmers are "guaranteed the cost of production and family living expenses," though the plan doesn't include details on how.
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Were not going to be afraid to call out parts of the establishment that think what were doing is too radical. We know that Donald Trump is not just an aberration — he is a logical conclusion of a corrupt political system that has left so many people so far behind, said Shakir.
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that his time in Washington has helped him know how to get things done and what needs fixing.
He says it's "a disgrace that we lost" to Donald Trump in 2016, adding Democrats must find an approach to deny him a second term.
Bennet says it seems "fairly clear" from special counsel Robert Mueller's report that Trump "committed impeachable offenses," but for now the senator favors continued congressional investigations.
He thinks Attorney General William Barr should resign, saying Barr "has behaved like Trump's criminal defense lawyer" rather than attorney general.
Democrat Joe Biden is wrapping up his first presidential campaign trip to South Carolina by worshipping at a prominent African American church in West Columbia.
Sitting on a front-center pew, the former vice president and his wife, Jill, received a standing ovation when the Rev. Charles B. Jackson of Brookland Baptist Church introduced them as "Dr. Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden."
Jackson praised his congregation as already approaching 100 percent voter registration and participation. He encouraged parishioners to "take somebody else to the polls with you."
South Carolina hosts the South's first presidential primary and is the first state in the Democratic nominating process where black voters wield considerable influence.
Democrat Joe Biden's visit to a South Carolina church Sunday is part of his 2020 presidential campaign's outreach to black voters, who play a pivotal role in the early-voting state's primary.
The former vice president is wrapping up a two-day stop in South Carolina by attending services in West Columbia.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) of South Bend, Indiana, is holding a town hall in North Charleston, where African Americans account for nearly half the population.
Iowa is the focus for Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, and Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator. And Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris, the California senator, plans to attend an NAACP dinner in Detroit.