Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Campaigns Across South Carolina

ROCK HILL, S.C. – He’s a millennial from the Midwest, who some say represents the future of the Democratic party. Mayor Pete Buttigieg met with voters in Rock Hill on Saturday.

“I can’t believe, not just the size of the crowds, but the energy,” Buttigieg told WCCB Charlotte, in a one-on-one interview.

What was supposed to be a small meet and greet turned into a packed house at Clinton College in Rock Hill on Saturday.

Buttigieg, who is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is an unlikely Presidential hopeful. He served in Afghanistan, and he would be the first openly gay nominee.

He’s also just 37-years-old.

“We would be better off if Washington started looking looking more like our best run cities and towns instead of the other way around,” Buttigieg told the crowd.

Buttigieg hasn’t officially declared but says momentum is on his side.

“Two weeks ago, we were trying to just help people figure out how to say my name, maybe we still are, but now there are so many more people who have heard the message,” Buttigieg says.

Saturday he told voters across South Carolina he plans to tackle pressing issues that matter to a new generation – like the future of healthcare and climate change.

“Why not have this generation contribute some leaders at the highest level of our national politics?” Buttigieg asked.

Cindy Palay traveled from Chapel Hill, N.C. to hear Buttigieg speak.

“I love the fact that he’s talking about that he is the next generation that has a stake in what’s going to be happening through the policies of today,” Palay says.