(WNDU) - We're just a day removed from history in South Bend. Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially tosses his hat into the ring Sunday afternoon, launching his 2020 presidential campaign.
NewsCenter 16’s Joshua Short was there for the announcement, and on Monday, he spoke with NBC News national political reporter Josh Lederman for some outside perspective on Buttigieg's popularity and meteoric rise.
“We’ve seen a lot of support from a lot of groups of people you wouldn’t necessarily think would be the national base of support for Pete Buttigieg,” Lederman said when asked about the recent “Buttigieg Boom,” both in terms of support financially and support shown in two national polls that listed him third in both Iowa and New Hampshire behind Democratic front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
It may be hard to see into the distant future in whether the polls will lead him toward a party nomination, but something that was obvious at Sunday’s rally at Studebaker Building 84, according to Lederman, was the lack of black and Latino voters.
“We didn’t see a lot of diversity,” said Lederman, who was at Sunday’s rally.
To see the aired interview, click the video above.