Buttigieg 'very intent' on fixing lack of diversity at campaign events

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE said on Monday that he is “very conscious and very intent” about fixing the lack of diversity at some of his campaign events.

“I could talk ’til I’m blue in the face how about how important it is that our campaign, our base of supporters and future administration reflect this country,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor said at a New York fundraiser when questioned about a lack of diversity among his supporters, CNN reported. 

He added that he needs the help of supporters to reach out to “anybody that could benefit from a more inclusive and more hopeful politics. And that is something that has no color.”


“We are very conscious and very intent on building the most diverse possible base of supporters at every level, from the committee to the people who fill the room that help lift us up,” Buttigieg added. “And we need the feedback that comes from that, we need the support that comes from that. And that’s the kind of campaign we want to build.”

The lack of diversity among the crowd at his official hometown campaign launch on Sunday was noticed by David AxelrodDavid AxelrodMark Cuban says he’s decided not to run for president The Hill’s Campaign Report: Senate map shows signs of expanding The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump touts reopening as virus fatality forecasts trigger alarm MORE, former President Obama’s adviser. 

“Watching the @PeteButtigieg announcement from South Bend. Crowd seems very large, very impressive but also very white-an obstacle he will have to overcome,” Axelrod tweeted. “And by obstacle I mean deficiency. He will need to build out his coalition in a very diverse party.”

CNN noted that Buttigieg has struggled to garner African-American support at his campaign events. The majority of his South Carolina audiences in March, for example, were largely white, despite the state’s overwhelmingly black Democratic electorate.

Buttigieg, the only openly gay candidate for the 2020 Democratic primary, has surged ahead in the crowded field. 

He came in third in a new Emerson poll, following behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.

His rise as a presidential candidate, however, has put a spotlight on his years as the mayor of Indiana’s fourth largest city, including his demotion of an African-American police chief. 

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