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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks at Brooklyn Public Library

February 20, 2019 By Justin Hicks Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, visited the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch Monday evening to tout his book — and his bid to be the youngest person to ever occupy the Oval Office.

The event was billed as a signing event for Buttigieg’s book, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future.” Buttigieg spoke with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni; organizers estimate the conversation drew about 330 people.

Buttigieg outlined his stance on several issues, including his support for the Green New Deal and universal health care. He also said he supported the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but maintaining a military presence in Syria.

Buttigieg, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, defended his relatively young age and lack of federal government experience for the audience.

“Given that I also have more years of government experience than the president, and more years of executive experience than the vice president, and more military experience than anybody to walk into that office since George H.W. Bush … maybe experience is one of the reasons I should be at the table,” Buttigieg said.

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