Kevin Costner to introduce, endorse Pete Buttigieg in Iowa town hall
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Academy Award-winning Actor Kevin Costner will endorse South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 9-year-old asks Buttigieg how to be strong and tell people he is gay too MORE for the 2020 Democratic nomination at an event this weekend. 

The Buttigieg campaign confirmed to The Hill that Costner, who has also served as a director and producer, will introduce and officially endorse Buttigieg before a town hall in Iowa. The event will be held at Indianola High School in Indianola, Iowa.

Costner campaigned for former President Obama in 2008. Earlier this year, he told Variety that if former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBudowsky: Bloomberg-Obama or Klobuchar-Kennedy? The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Obamas share messages wishing each other happy Valentine's Day MORE ran for president in 2020, “she'd have a level of interest from me.”

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“Michelle’s incredibly bright and articulate and has possessed good judgement and experience as a result. Why couldn’t she be [president]?” Costner told Variety earlier this year.

He also criticized the American “political landscape” in an interview with the outlet in May, calling it “unrecognizable.”

“Shame on us for being in that spot,” Costner said. “That could change overnight, not because of a vote, but because people say, ‘I want to try to be more than about myself.’ That’s the definition of public service.”

“This is the greatest experiment in humankind: America,” he continued. “This great idea about America still exists, it’s still here. People still want to come here, but we’re not first in hardly anything that matters and we have an inflated idea about how we are. We exaggerate about what we are. We are everything that’s great and we are everything that’s human. And our humanness and our level of selfishness is overtaking our chance to be great.”