Buttigieg opens second night of Democratic debate with first answer in Spanish

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE opened the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates by speaking in Spanish, following the lead of several candidates the previous night.

When asked his first question from Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz Balart, Buttigieg responded quickly in Spanish before going into an answer on the student debt crisis.


Buttigieg has made a habit of speaking multiple languages on the campaign trail. His use of Spanish during the debate follows Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) all speaking Spanish during Wednesday night’s debate.

While O’Rourke switched to Spanish in the middle of his first answer, Buttigieg opened the night in Spanish before switching to English to deliver his full answer.

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He went on to say that he and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, “have six-figure student debt.”

Buttigieg made history Thursday night as the first openly gay candidate on a Democratic debate stage.