As the 2020 presidential election heats up and another Democratic primary debate is just around the corner, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke to voters in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday night.
Buttigieg on Pence and DeVos: “Let’s make a deal. You promise not to judge Indiana by the vice president and we’ll promise not to judge Michigan by the secretary of education.” https://t.co/komgMKCSPm
— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) July 28, 2019
Voters from Michigan, Ohio, and Detroit flocked to The Fillmore to hear the candidate who is currently in fifth place in most polls behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, speak. His rise in the polls ahead of more well-known candidates has been surprising, and attendees of Sunday night’s rally told reporters that his ability to connect with people and the issues they care about were on full display, as well as his sense of humor.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Buttigieg told the crowd:
‘Let’s make a deal. You promise not to judge Indiana by the vice president and we’ll promise not to judge Michigan by the secretary of education.’
— Detroit for Pete Buttigieg (@DPete2020) July 28, 2019
While Buttigieg is popular among Democratic voters, he has said that the key to winning in 2020 is to sway more moderate voters and Independents in the Midwest. His campaign stop in Michigan comes at a time when the current president is under fire for making multiple racist comments directed at black and brown members of Congress. Buttigieg himself recently came under fire from citizens in his hometown after a case of police brutality prompted furious responses. The candidate acknowledged those concerns to the crowd.
‘It is here in the diverse industrial Midwest that we know that the choice between kitchen table issues and racial justice is a choice that we can and must make.’
— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) July 28, 2019
The rally was heavily attended and attendees had a wide range of issues they wanted to hear from the candidate about, including the economy, wage inequality, healthcare, and plans for defeating Trump. Supporters filled the arena and the response to Buttigieg’s speech was overwhelmingly positive.
‘“Boot Edge Edge” shirt clad spectators from various Midwestern states like Indiana, Ohio and Michigan filled the downtown theater, each eager to hear the candidate speak of a different issue.’