Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., officially announced he is running for president Sunday afternoon, and within hours his campaign coffers were overflowing.
“Some news: since delivering his announcement speech, our grassroots supporters have invested more than $1m in @PeteButtigieg’s campaign,” Buttigieg’s communications adviser Lis Smith tweeted Sunday night.
In a speech announcing his run, Buttigieg 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.
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.