As polling numbers climb, Buttigieg emphasizes his military service

As polling numbers climb, Buttigieg emphasizes his military service
Pete Buttigieg (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Thank you for your service, shipmate. You’ve done quite enough for America now.]

In an interview Saturday, he said the opening foray of his campaign, officially launched in April, was dedicated to boosting his name ID. Feeling confident he has done so, Mr. Buttigieg is starting to put greater emphasis on his service with the Navy Reserve, including a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

He said overseas challenges, such as the political turmoil in Venezuela and U.S. tensions with Iran, offered a chance to make a foreign-policy appeal to voters. …

Mr. Buttigieg joined the Navy Reserve as an ensign in 2009 and spent time providing intelligence reports for European Command from the U.S. His six-month overseas assignment, in 2014, was as an officer with the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell, tracking financial networks that supported the Taliban and al Qaeda. His deployment overlapped with his job as mayor of South Bend, an office he assumed in 2012.

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