June 17, 2019

Why It Makes Sense for a Mayor to Be President

“In a recent episode of The Gist, Mike Pesca spoke with Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg about why he’s running, his thoughts on policy issues ranging from the size of the Supreme Court to whether we should get rid of the penny, and coming out in 2015. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Mike Pesca: Why is it that mayors don’t often vie for the presidency? It seems like mayor is a pretty good job in terms of being an executive and getting things done. Why have they been ignored in U.S. history?

Pete Buttigieg: I think the tradition and the convention has said that you’ve got to have a lot of Washington experience, and we seem to, for the most part, prefer people who’ve been marinated in the U.S. Congress and the Washington environment. But I think that was before we had reached the current level of paralysis in Washington.”

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