At a crowded middle school auditorium in Coralville, Iowa, former Mayor Pete made his case to a room full of people who had mostly made up their minds.
“I am really committed and passionate about the platform that he’s put out,” said Erin Hazen, of Solon, Iowa. “ I think he’s the best candidate to attract the most voters. He’s got the widest lane of support.”
Hazen said she believes Buttigieg’s message resonates with Iowans because, she believes, he is less extreme than his fellow candidates.
“His plans are realistic. We can get them done. Now is not the time to go for a fringe candidate who may not be able to pull anyone in from outside their lane.”
“He said that we were facing tectonic changes in the world,” said Wilson Hart, of Iowa City, who first heard Buttigieg speak in March. Almost a year later and after considering the messages of other candidates, Hart is solely supporting Buttigieg.
“He’s got a calm demeanor, a big brain, kind of the opposite of what we have in the White House right now.”
Hart has a son in the military and believes Buttigieg’s experience in the Navy Reserve, indicates that he would be a good commander-in-chief.
“I don’t think there was ever a point where a candidate’s message resonated with me as much as Pete’s,” said Hart, adding that he has heard numerous candidates speak as they have passed through Iowa City.
He said that he is going for the candidate who he feels has the most leadership potential.
”He’s logical and he’s low-key and I think he’s one of the smartest ones running,” said one man at the rally who did not want to be identified.