“Anybody want a beer?”
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg yelled into a crowd of frantic supporters following his lap around the Polk County Steak Fry. The democratic candidate had just led a rally of around 1,300 supporters into the Water Works grounds and was now bartending beer after flipping steaks on the grill.
“Customers up here!”
But the frenzy around Buttigieg didn’t begin in the Steak Fry grounds. The mayor’s campaign bought two lots outside on the ground’s periphery and was able to fill the space— the large number of supporters and over 100 staff member—in addition to volunteers— came to support the candidate.
“I think he has the best ground-game in Iowa,” said Susan Matos, who works in healthcare, from Bettendorf, Iowa. “I notice his supporters more than anyone else. I think his supporters have gone a bit unnoticed but I think the Steak Fry is going to put him on a platform. I was blown away at how many of his supporters were here.”
Supporters of Buttigieg said they endorse the candidate because of this more moderate positions, electability and his character.
Marie Nolan, 20, is from Northern Minnesota but attends Drake University.
“I’m from a rural area, where Obama won twice, and then Trump won by 20 points. I know what it would take to flip the area again,” Nolan said. “Pete can really speak to rural communities because he’s from there. [Rural areas] feel really condescended by some candidates, but I can see people back home voting for Pete.”
“He couldn’t lie if he tried,” said Emilyn Crabbe, 20, who also attends Drake University. “The first thing I noticed was his honesty. What I want America to be — I see in him.”
Buttigieg’s pre-rally included speeches from several of his endorsers, one of which was Linda Langston, a former Linn County supervisor. She began her speech by asking where the crowd would be on caucus night.
“There is so much crisis out there. What the HELL are we going to do?” Langston said. “We need someone with vision, passion and values, and we have Mayor Pete today.”
Current Polk County supervisor Matt McCoy also spoke, followed by some words from the candidate.
Then came the arrival of the Clay Colonials, South Bend’s high school marching band. The band left Indiana by car at 1 a.m. Friday, a member of the Buttigieg team said.
The Colonials led the rally into the Steak Fry grounds with the mayor. A seemingly never-ending crowd followed, holding signs that said “The Steaks are too high,” among other things. There was also a Buttigieg supporter in an inflatable T-Rex costume.
When it came time for Buttigieg to take the stage at the Steak Fry, the crowd swelled with an audience in ‘Pete 2020’ shirts. The rest of the crowd gave the candidate a standing ovation.
Buttigieg highlighted unity in his speech. “We are getting more and more divided and it is beyond politics,” he said. “We’ve got to do this together. That’s how we win.
He also promised the crowd a presidency that wouldn’t constantly stress their minds and that could actually pass the proposals they advocated for in the campaign.
“Picture a presidency where when you turn on the news and see the White House, your blood pressure goes down,” he said. “Picture a White House that can deliver Medicare for all who want it, trusting you to decide if a public alternative is better for you than those corporate private plans.”
by Isabella Murray
13 Comments on "Pete Buttigieg Makes His Statement At Steak Fry"
I LOVE Pete Buttigeig. We need a president who has integrity, is honest, intelligent, compassionate. That is what Pete Buttigeig is. Everything trump is not.
Mayor Buttigeig’s intelligence and honesty is the answer to saving our country.
Trump is a cancer on the soul of our nation.
Thanks for being there to support Pete! He’s what America needs
Oh I so agree….Mayor Pete is the best thing that could happen to America!
I came from Minnesota to support Pete at the steak fry and at the town hall in Newton. Pete is the real deal and has given me hope, the first I have felt in a few years.
Pete Buttigieg MUST win! I really hope that he does! Trump absolutely has to be cast out of office, and I believe Buttigieg is the best President material out there!
Hope Mayor Pete’s supporters grow expeditiously! We need him!
Pete has supporters from all 50 states coming to Iowa to show the base that Pete has all over America. He lives the values of real Americans, and is the kind of leader America needs in these troubled times. I HOPE he will be President in 2020, but I KNOW he will be the future of American democracy, so let’s get him going now!!
He is the best candidate for this time to carry us into the next 40 years.
I I really believe in Pete buttigieg. He is like a breath of fresh air to all Americans in this race for the Democratic nomination.if he doesn’t become president I pray that you might be vice president reach out and give your support right now for this intellectual candidate
I don’t have the money,but I sure have a voice and I’m using it for Pete.
I don’t mind his “Medicare for all Who Want It”, but does his plan have a way of divorcing those private plans from employers? Not much will change if that doesn’t happen.
That said, he’s an amazing young man.
HE DOES: By letting each person (for himself, herself, and their families) in America decide as Pete says. His plan is to make sure the Medicare option becomes the best choice. Then let the natural instincts of capitalism control what survives… and what fades away.