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Local political expert weighs in on future of Mayor Buttigieg’s run for president

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Local political expert Jack Colwell was live in studio on Monday morning to weigh in on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s political future following a town hall he hosted on Sunday.

The town hall at Washington High School was held after the June 16 fatal shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill on W. Colfax Ave.

Colwell commented on how Buttigieg’s presence in South Bend instead of on the campaign trail could hinder his chances at making it to the Oval Office.

“If he is going to continue running for president, he has to be involved in the debates so if he doesn’t he needs to just drop out of the presidential race,” Colwell said.

Buttigieg is scheduled to participate in the Democratic debates on June 26-27 in Miami, Florida. Buttigieg is scheduled to debate on June 27.

On Sunday, Buttigieg shared his thoughts on how his stop back in South Bend will impact his campaign.

“I don’t know if it’s smart or not. I don’t know if it’s strategic or not, but it’s my city. I have a relationship with everybody in this city who looks to the city to keep them safe and when somebody loses their life, because of a civilian or because of an officer, and it’s happening all over the country and it’s happening here, I feel like it’s my job to fix it,” Buttigieg said. “I’m sick of these things being talked about in political terms, in theoretical terms, like it’s a show. It’s peoples’ lives.”

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