Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg

Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg
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A former Obama administration chief economist is reportedly advising South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE (D) on economic policy. 

Austan Goolsbee, former President Obama's chief economist on the Economic Recovery Advisory Board and head of the Council of Economic Advisers, has signed on to the mayor's 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Friday. 

“Pete is proposing plans targeted to making programs affordable for the middle class and below, not giving it free to everyone,” Goolsbee told the Post of the mayor's latest economic plan, which aims to create affordable housing and education

The Buttigieg campaign is not the only one receiving the support of former Obama officials.

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This week, former White House National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients hosted a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE. More than 50 Obama administration alumni were seen at the event. 

And Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockCourt removes Pendley from role as public lands chief On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight MORE (D) announced in August that Obama administration officials were also advising his campaign. 

Buttigieg, who is among more than a dozen people vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE, has gained momentum in recent weeks. The polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics places him fourth overall nationally, but second in Iowa.