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Why Fresno? Buttigieg Says It Reminds Him of Home.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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June 4, 2019

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered a progressive presidential agenda at two campaign stops in Fresno and to a national cable television audience Monday.
At a morning meet-and-greet at Tuolumne Hall, Buttigieg spoke to a receptive audience and took questions. He hit the progressive high notes — health care for all, the economy, abortion rights.
He made his appeal, using a reference of an icon to the right.
“And we might even wind up asking that question that Ronald Reagan famously asked. Are you better off than you were four years ago? Are you better off than you were 10 years ago? And I think for too many Americans, the answer is that we are no better off. And that’s why we’ve got to change the structures that perpetuate inequality in our economy and in our government,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg on Fresno

Later, Buttigieg appeared at a live “Hardball with Chris Matthews” airing at Fresno State. He supported the impeachment of Donald Trump, affordable college, and a $15 per hour minimum wage.
As he shook hands after the show went off the air, he spotted a friend — Ashley Swearengin, a former Fresno mayor. The two chatted for a moment. Swearengin said she knew Buttigieg from when she led Fresno not too many years ago.
Buttigieg compared Fresno to the city he’s mayor of — South Bend, Indiana.
“Fresno is really welcoming. We had a great time here, I’m looking forward to coming back. There are so many communities like Fresno, that maybe don’t feel like they are part of the conversation when people talk about when they think of when they think California. It reminds me of home, both the challenges and opportunities in a community like this,” Buttigieg told GV Wire.

Playing ‘Hardball’

The audience lined up early at Fresno State, snaking around the Speech Arts Building. Smartly, they made sure the line stayed in shaded areas.
Buttigieg supporters filled every seat in the house, with about a hundred more on stage behind host Matthews and the upstart candidate.
Matthews asked his “hardball” questions on whether he would impeach Trump (yes, saying Trump deserves impeachment), what he would say to Russian president Vladimir Putin (“don’t mess with our elections”) and if he ever fired a gun while serving in Afghanistan (Buttigieg said no, but there were some scary times).
A clip played of Buttigieg asking a question of one-time presidential contender Dick Gephardt at a 2003 Hardball townhall at Harvard. Then, Gephardt appeared via satellite from Santa Rosa, California, touting Buttigieg as a legitimate contender. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004.
Watch clips of Buttigieg on “Hardball” via MSNBC.
MSNBC will air a live town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren moderated by Chris Hayes on Wednesday night in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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