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A former Obama administration chief economist is reportedly advising South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (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.{mosads}

This week, former White House National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients hosted a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden. More than 50 Obama administration alumni were seen at the event. 

And Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (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 Trump, has gained momentum in recent weeks. The polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics places him fourth overall nationally, but second in Iowa. 

Tags 2020 2020 campaign 2020 election 2020 primary Austan Goolsbee Donald Trump Joe Biden Pete Buttigieg Steve Bullock The Washington Post

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