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Pete Buttigieg rallies Southeast Iowa support

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Former South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg rallied support in Keokuk Tuesday morning.

Speaking to the 115 people that turned out for a town hall, Buttigieg touched on a number of topics including climate change, the importance of teachers, the Iowa Caucus and President Trump.

He also made sure to remind voters of his small city roots.

"People are saying, 'What makes you think you can run for president as a mayor? You're not even from one of the biggest cities in America,' and I say, That's the point.'"

His third visit to Lee County since August, Buttigieg was joined by Congressman Dave Loebsack.

"We can't move America forward until we bring America back together," Loebsack said.

Polling closely with Iowa front runners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the town hall attracted people from all over the Tri-States.

"He's kind of middle of the road but very liberal in his thinking and I like that," Hannibal, Missouri resident Bob Hanrahan said.

Hanrahan said he was undecided when he and his wife drove up this morning.

"I would say now we're probably 70 to 80 percent," he said. "She said 100 percent."

On a day that marks exactly three years into the Trump administration, Buttigieg said it's time for a new face in the Oval Office.

"In 2020 it's up to us," he said. "That is the hope that propels me in this race and makes me believe that together we're in a position to make history."

After finishing in Keokuk, Buttigieg also made stops in Mount Pleasant, Burlington, Muscatine, Pella and Cedar Rapids.

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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