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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll 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 BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE. More than 50 Obama administration alumni were seen at the event. 

And Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBrent Budowsky: Bloomberg should give billion to Democrats Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE, has gained momentum in recent weeks. The polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics places him fourth overall nationally, but second in Iowa.