By no means everyone in South Bend is a fan of Mayor Pete

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By no means everyone in South Bend is a fan of Mayor Pete

You’ll find many Buttigieg cheerleaders in the Indiana city ... until you start talking to Republicans and the poor

Nick Allen

In South Bend, Indiana, everyone knows “Mayor Pete”. They can also pronounce his surname. And most are in no doubt that he is ready, aged 38, to become the leader of the free world.

“Absolutely, he can be. He’s smart, kind, compassionate, very intelligent but a great listener,” said Peg Dalton, 55, owner of Peggs restaurant, where for years the mayor popped in for lunch, usually avocado on toast.

“I felt ecstatic when he won Iowa. It was very surreal, I’m thrilled, but honestly I’m also not surprised,” said  Dalton. “I know he hasn’t been the mayor of New York, but just look what he’s done here in South Bend. He’ll beat Trump by staying positive.”..

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