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“…I have never been more convinced than I am now that our country is running out of time, but that it’s not too late. That is what this campaign I about. And we’re going to have to act fast in order to make sure that the future is better than the past…”

Pete Buttigieg (D) – Des Moines, Iowa – October 12, 2019.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) continued his presidential campaign in Iowa with an outdoor town hall on the grounds of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines last night. The open event, with temperatures dropping into the low forties toward the end, had an audience of several hundred. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign forwarded an estimated attendance of 700. In addition to the seasonally cold temperature there was a steady wind throughout the event.

Pete Buttigieg’s opening remarks:

…The core falsehood of the phrase ‘make America great again’ is that there is no such thing as ‘again’ in the real world. It falls to us to make sure that the future is better than the past. And I’m asking you to join me making sure [cheers][applasue]…

…I know what happens when decisions are made without caring about us in the middle of the country. And it’s the story of not just my community, but of my life. People in my life have been saved by Obamacare, people in my life have been lost to the opioid crisis. I’m standing in front of you as somebody who’s life was changed by the orders of an American president that sent me overseas to a war zone. And somebody who’s marriage exists by the grace of a single vote on the United State Supreme Court…

…what kind of president is America going to need after the Trump presidency comes to an end? Remember, one way or another, or the other, the Trump presidency is going to come to an end. [cheers] It’s an encouraging thought. [laughter] It’s early, but I’m asking you to stop and really think what it’s gonna be like. That first day, when dawn comes to a country after Donald Trump ha been president. Sure, it’s a relief to think about the fact that this particular kind of chaos and corruption will come to an end. But then what? Our country will be even more torn apart by politics than we are right now…

…We’re going to need a president to pick up the pieces, to turn the page, and to lead America into a future where we deal with these big challenges in front of us and are unified. We’re gonna be so exhausted from fighting and yet, we can’t give up. And we also can’t turn on each other. Think about what that will require of the American president…

…I’m asking you to spread something that I know went out of style a little bit in American politics, and it’s hope. ‘Cause running for office is an act of hope. Organizing for somebody running for office is an act of hope. Voting is an act of hope…

Previously:

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) – Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019 (July 15, 2019)