This guy is only getting any attention at all because the rest of the field is such a train wreck.

Via Fox News:

Mayor Pete wants to be President Pete.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who has seen his poll numbers surge in recent weeks, officially declared on Sunday that he’s running for president – in a speech where he highlighted both his progressive values and Midwestern upbringing.

“I ran for mayor in 2011 knowing that nothing like Studebaker would ever come back—but believing that we would, our city would, if we had the courage to reimagine our future,” Buttigieg said in a speech inside South Bend’s Studebaker auto plant. “And now, I can confidently say that South Bend is back.”

He added: “There’s a long way for us to go. Life here is far from perfect. But, we’ve changed our trajectory, and shown a path forward for communities like ours.”

The 37-year-old Afghanistan War veteran, who has been exploring a White House run since January, now joins the field of a dozen-plus rivals and one that is likely to reach 20 or more.

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