Pete Buttigieg on Families & Children

Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor


Teens shouldn't worry that they will be killed at school

I got a letter from a 14-year-old saying that she's already written out a basic will. Because she's just that afraid that her next day at school might be her last. It's hard enough to be in high school without worrying about those kinds of things. And I think everybody old enough to vote or hold a position of responsibility should be handling and taking care of those things so that--so that students don't have to even begin to worry about them. I mean, this is basic.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 with Don Lemon , Feb 24, 2020

Not going to take family values lectures from Rush Limbaugh

Q: Rush Limbaugh described you as a 37-year-old gay guy who loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage.

BUTTIGIEG: Well, I love my husband. I'm faithful to my husband. On stage, we usually just go for a hug, but I love him very much. And I'm not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.

Source: CNN "State of the Union" on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 16, 2020

Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support

We need to build up the base of mental health providers in this country. Reimbursement needs to be trued up in a way that reflects that we, in fact, value mental health care just as much as we do taking care of any physical, medical condition.

It means making sure that we're supporting in particular areas that are underserved, getting more of those providers that they need, rural areas. It means using technology.

I'm proposing that we use federal dollars to fund what we call "Healing and Belonging Grants" to local communities, because often a different area will have a different combination of struggles when it comes to mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. And so I don't think all of the answers have to come from Washington, but more of the money should.

And we will empower local health departments, local communities, and local organizations seeking to deliver those solutions and make sure that they get funding to help them as they do.

Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of 2020 N. H. primary , Feb 6, 2020

It makes no sense to spend 2/3 of income on childcare

It makes no sense for childcare to cost two-thirds of somebody's income. We've to drive it to 7 percent or below, and zero for those families who are living in poverty.

But this is happening to folks at every level of the income spectrum. I meet professionals who sometimes say that they're working in order to be able to afford childcare in order to be able to be working. It makes no sense, and it must change, and we shouldn't be afraid to put federal dollars into making that a reality.

Subsidizing childcare and making sure that we are building up a workforce of people who are paid at a decent level to offer early childhood education, as well as childcare writ large. We can do that.

And until we do, this will be one of the biggest drivers of the gender pay gap. Because when somebody like the voter asking the question has to step out of the workforce because of that reason, she is at a disadvantage when she comes back in, and that can affect her pay for the rest of her career.

Source: 7th Democrat primary debate, on eve of Iowa caucus , Jan 14, 2020

Generational justice for those who'll come in the future

Q: How do you and [your husband] Chasten think about leaving the world a better place, particularly around the climate change issues, to the next generation and any children you may choose to raise?

BUTTIGIEG: Well, we're hoping to have kids one day. And I want to know that our kids can thrive. When I got into this campaign, I talked a lot about the idea of generational justice. And at first, people looked at me funny, because I don't think it's something that's been talked about much, but each of us has an obligation to do our part not only to be just to those around us, but to those who will come in the future. When we're on the campaign trail, the questions I get from kids are almost always either about gun violence or about climate. These are personal questions. They're asking about whether they're going to be able to thrive. Again, it's why I think this isn't just saving the planet. This is saving the future for specific people who are alive right now.

Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats) , Sep 4, 2019

Supports broad paid family and medical leave plans

Buttigieg supports broad paid family and medical leave plans.

15 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Michael Bennet; Cory Booker; Julian Castro; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; John Hickenlooper; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren.

The congressional plan creates a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

$100B in grants for minority home ownership

Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposed a $100 billion U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to provide up to $25,000 for down payment and closing costs. Harris said the program would target low-income, first-time home buyers and would help racial minorities experience home ownership. To qualify, homeowners would have to rent or live in historically redlined communities that haven't historically rented or leased to minorities.
Source: Breitbart.com coverage of 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 6, 2019

Open to gay parenthood if elected president

Q: Do you think, if you are elected president, hypothetically, that you will plan to start a family in the White House?

BUTTIGIEG: I don't see why not. I think it wouldn't be the first time that children have arrived to a first couple. But, obviously, that's a conversation I had better have with Chasten before I go into it too much on television.

Source: CNN "SOTU" 2019 interview series , Jun 16, 2019

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