Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, took to the streets of South Bend on Tuesday to fill in potholes while attempting to underscore his commitment to local issues.
"We’ve been weighing in on a lot of national issues, even international issues, but right now we’re talking about something that is literally as down to earth as it gets, and a big part of what mayors around the country are dealing with, and that is the common pothole," Buttigieg said in a video stream of the activity posted to social media.
Over the course of the four-and-a-half minute video, Buttigieg demonstrated how to fill a pothole by clearing the area of debris, applying material to hold the fresh asphalt in place, shoveling asphalt onto the pothole and tamping it down.
He also explained how residents can report potholes and noted that most Indiana roads could benefit from additional sustained infrastructure funding.
Contending with one of the leading enemies of the American mayor: the common pothole. https://t.co/FYld6Q72pG— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 5, 2019
Buttigieg announced last month the creation of an exploratory committee to run for president. The South Bend mayor, who previously served in the Navy, was first elected in 2011 at age 29. He unsuccessfully ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017.
The 37-year-old is one of several Democrats to either launch a presidential bid or form an exploratory committee in recent weeks, joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE (Calif.), as well as Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE (Hawaii) and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.) are among those expected to announce their 2020 plans in the coming weeks.