By Daniel J. McLaughlin
Mayor Pete is running for president - and he wants the Democratic Party ticket to face Donald Trump in 2020.
Pete Buttigieg is hoping to be the first openly gay president in American history.
However, some conservatives argue that his candidacy could add more support for Trump.
The Midwestern mayor announced he would run for the Democratic nomination on Sunday, Metro reports.
Not only would he be the first openly gay president, the 37-year-old could be on course to be the youngest to enter the White House.
He told an audience assembled at a former auto plant: "I recognise the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor. More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land."
Buttigieg said: "When Chasten and I started dating, and eventually got married in South Bend, we weren’t exactly sure how the idea of the first-ever male first gentlemen, let alone a same-sex one, would be received in town.
"And pretty quickly, we just hit on the idea of expecting to be treated like any other couple. We’d act like any other couple, we’d hope people would treat us that way. And for the most part that’s what people did."
The Mayor of South Bend in Indiana, who took office in 2012, said being gay is "part of who I am, and it’s part of my story, and it has shaped me in some important ways".
The veteran also said he wanted to "turn the page" from "divisive identify identity politics" employed by Trump.
He added: "The forces of change in our country today are tectonic. Forces that help to explain what made this current presidency even possible. That’s why, this time, it’s not just about winning an election – it’s about winning an era."
However, a US conservative radio host argues that Trump will win support, because openly gay Buttigieg is "unusual and frightening", according to indy100.
Chandelle Summer, a contributor to MSNBC, said: "He will be the first Maltese-American and Episcopalian gay, millennial war veteran ever to have reached for the presidency.
"He is so far from the norm when it comes to political candidates that I think that voters will flock in droves to Donald Trump as a candidate just because they will find this so unusual and frightening."
While she said she didn't find Buttigieg "personally terrifying", Summer argues that the American public will "find it so abhorrent and different from the usual candidates and won’t be able to wrap their heads around it".
She added: "I mean, he is 37-years-old. I can remember when I was 37-years-old and my thought process, the way I analyse things is different than now and you need experience in life to be a good leader and to understand all the different dynamics of the economy, the world, the global situation, national security.
"I just don’t think voters will trust someone that young and I don’t think the fact that he’s gay is a big problem personally. I feel like we have crossed that bridge in this country."
Most Americans are okay with a gay presidential candidate, NBC News reports.
A combined 68 per cent are either "enthusiastic" (14 per cent) or "comfortable" (54 per cent) with a gay or lesbian person running for president, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll.
This is a big shift in opinion over recent years. A similar poll conducted in 2006 found that more than half of Americans said they would be “very uncomfortable” (34 per cent) or have “reservations” (19 per cent) about a gay or lesbian candidate. Only five per cent of Americans said they would have been enthusiastic about a LGBT candidate at the time.
They report: "What’s more, that jump isn’t just due to increasing tolerance among the younger voters who Buttigieg, a millennial, can claim to represent.
"The share of those under 35 who say they’re enthusiastic or comfortable with a gay candidate increased by 28 percentage points between 2006 and now, jumping from 47 per cent to 75 per cent now."
Americans are talking about Buttigieg's candidacy. He was the second most mentioned candidate on cable television last week, behind Bernie Sanders, who is also running for the Democrat nomination.
FiveThirtyEight have been tracking every mention of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
Sanders was mentioned in more than 660 clips last across the three cable networks, while Buttigieg saw an increase of over 19 per cent from the previous week.