Buttigieg says he wouldn't run for president again because it's too 'demanding'

 April 1, 2024

On CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he's not thinking of running for president again because his position in the Biden administration has allowed him to see how "demanding" the positon is.

“Well, I certainly have a new perspective on just how demanding that job is, watching President Biden deal with so many concerns, challenges, and opportunities for this country. I am proud to be a small part of the big team that helps him get that done,” Buttigieg said. “I sincerely don’t know whether I will run for elected office of any kind again.”

Buttigieg said that his current cabinet position has been “hard, rewarding, and it’s taken about 110% of what I have to give right now.”

His history

Previous to running in the Democrat primary in 2020, Buttigieg had only held one elected position: mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a town of just over 100,000.

He briefly made headlines because he was openly gay and would have been the first such president.

Since then, Buttigieg has married and adopted twins.

He took several months of paternity leave soon after being appointed to Biden's cabinet, prompting criticism when the country faced supply chain issues including a severe shortage of baby formula that left parents of infants scrambling at times and worried they wouldn't be able to feed their babies.

Many emergencies

There has not been a shortage of issues related to transportation during Buttigieg's tenure. Norfolk Southern trains have had at least six major incidents since 2021, the worst being the derailment of 38 train cars in East Palestine, Ohio in Feburary 2023 when toxic chemicals were released into the air and water.

Boeing has had an unusually high number of problems with its planes, including a door falling off mid-flight thousands of feet in the air.

Last week, a cargo ship crashed into a support of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, causing the entire bridge to collapse suddenly and killing six people.

Buttigieg has been criticized for not traveling to the sites of some of these disasters. He said his family would be traveling by air this week as an attempt to reassure jittery travelers.

The Nation pointed out in January after the door fell off a Boeing plane mid-flight that the FAA, which Buttigieg oversees, “has failed to properly regulate companies like Spirit, which was given a $75 million public subsidy from Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s Transportation Department in 2021.”

The country should be grateful Buttigieg doesn't plan to subject it to any more of his incompetence.

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