The longest of longshot candidates has entered the race to become the next US president.
senPete Buttigieg, the little-known mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is bidding to become the first openly gay occupant of the White House.
The democrat tweeted a video on Wednesday announcing that he has formed a presidential exploratory committee, a key opening step to formally launching a bid and asked his audience: “Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?
“Right now our country needs a fresh start. There’s no such thing as again in the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past.”
While not mentioning Donald Trump, he takes aim at what he called the “show” in Washington: “The corruption, the fighting, the lying, the crisis. It’s got to end.”
At 37, the US Navy reservist, who took time off from his mayoral duties to serve in Afghanistan, would also be the youngest man ever to serve as commander-in-chief.
Whether he stands a chance of being selected to take on Mr Trump next year is another matter, not least because the Democrat field is filling up with senior politicians, some of whom have a high national profile.
Three female US senators, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Hispanic-American former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro, have declared.
Big-hitters including former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, and Senator Bernie Sanders, are thought to be considering entering the race for the White House.
In his video, Mr Buttigieg, who was was elected mayor at just 29, painted himself as a can-do reformer and he has been praised for reviving the mid-sized city.
“We’re the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11. And we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents – unless we do something different,” he said.
David Axelrod, a senior aide to then-president Barack Obama, said on Twitter that Buttigieg has “a remarkable story”.
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to ferret out the message of South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg, who makes a clarion new generation call in this announcement video. Longest of longshots, but this 37-year-old gay, Afghanistan War vet has a remarkable story. https://t.co/GxRbzzvSAG
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 23, 2019
He has been mentioned as a potential presidential hopeful for years. In June 2016, The New York Times ran a profile of Buttigieg titled, “The first gay president?”