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Buttigieg lands 'First Family' cover on Time magazine

Buttigieg lands 'First Family' cover on Time magazine
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE (D) and his husband have landed the latest cover of Time magazine amid growing momentum behind the presidential candidate's campaign. 

The cover, which is headlined "First Family: The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg," comes weeks after Buttigieg officially launched his candidacy for the White House.

Buttigieg has risen in recent polls and attracted the attention of a number of big-name donors after being virtually unknown nationally upon entering a crowded Democratic primary field.

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He is married to Chasten Buttigieg, 29, a former junior high teacher who now serves as an adviser and campaign spokesman to his husband, an Afghan War veteran and Rhodes scholar.

Chasten Buttigieg later tweeted about the magazine cover, writing, "11 years ago, when I came out, I didn’t think there was a place for me in this world. 10 months ago we said 'I do.' 1 month ago we said 'let’s do this.' Today:" followed by a picture of the cover.

The Buttigiegs met on a dating app in 2015 and were married last year. Their marriage came three years after a Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriages.

"Buttigieg is a gay Episcopalian veteran in a party torn between identity politics and heartland appeals," Time noted. "He’s also a fresh face in a year when millennials are poised to become the largest eligible voting bloc. Many Democrats are hungry for generational change, and the two front runners are more than twice his age."

Buttigieg has come third to fellow 2020 contenders former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.) in several polls, both of whom are roughly 40 years the Indianan's senior.