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The Democrats are preparing to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential election. While united by party, the contenders are divided on how they plan to take the US forward. So, who are the possible top candidates? What are their policies and what do they represent? And could they beat Donald Trump in an election?

Pete Buttigieg Show more Show less

What does Pete Buttigieg stand for? Buttigieg is highly educated, a veteran, young and gay, representing a modern version of traditional American values.
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Buttigieg represents a combination of the old and new

Pete Buttigieg is the youngest candidate. He represents new blood. Pete Buttigieg better represents the American public.
2020 US Election Pete Buttigieg

Context

American politics have become divisive. Many want the the Democratic candidate to represent both sides.

The Argument

Buttigieg is unique to other Democratic candidates: he is the only LGBT and the youngest candidate. He represents a new generation, and much of his platform is based on the idea of bringing about generational change.[1] At the same time, Buttigieg has a lot of qualities that appeal to more traditional Democrat voters. He is a military veteran with more centric policies than most of the other candidates. He cut his teeth in elected office in the fourth-largest city in Indiana.[2] In a time when American politics is extremely divisive and full of in-fighting, Buttigieg synthesises the old and the new. The Democrats do not need a candidate at the extreme end of the political spectrum - they need someone like Buttigieg, who will unite voters.

Counter arguments

While Buttigieg certainly has qualities of a 'traditional' Democrat, he does not appeal enough to further Left voters. Being young and gay does not mean he is necessarily in touch with voters of all interest groups, nor does it mean he necessarily offers innovative policies. He does not represent what many of his generational contemporaries see as the future of the Left, prompting reactions from derision to overt hatred.[3] While ending divisiveness may appeal to some, to others it is not appropriate to compromise in a time when sweeping policy change is needed. Buttigieg is ultimately a centrist candidate, in a time when many voters are steadfastly rejecting centrism.

Proponents

Premises

[P1] Buttigieg synthesises qualities of traditional Democrats and the new, rising Left. [P2] This reflects the qualities America needs in a President to stop the increasing divisiveness.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Buttigieg does not appeal enough to the rising amount of left-wing voters that favour candidates like Warren and Sanders.

References

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/product-of-the-911-generation-generational-themes-shape-pete-buttigiegs-worldview/2019/06/11/7239fffe-8bca-11e9-adf3-f70f78c156e8_story.html
  2. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/23/pete-buttigiegs-high-hopes?verso=true
  3. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/01/01/pete-buttigieg-enrages-left-liberals-2020-091479
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