SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Sioux City is on the path of the Democratic Presidential candidates, 18 days before the Iowa Caucus. The campaign trail of the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, led him to a crowd at West Middle School in Sioux City during the evening of Thursday, January 16.
"The purpose of the President is to unify and empower the American people," said Buttigieg.
Buttigieg told a crowd at the middle school, unifying the country is one of his top priorities, if elected President. Fighting climate change and including farmers in a positive solution is another goal.
"If we can find billions of dollars to pay American farmers to not sell their goods to China, then surely we can find billions of dollars to invest in having American farming lead the way in strategies to take carbon out of the atmosphere and fight climate change," said Buttigieg.
His ideas appear to be resonating with some voters.
"I've been a Republican my entire life and the Republican establishment is not the Republican party when I grew up, I was proud to be a member of," said Amanda Monroe-Rubendall, of Cherokee, Iowa.
"This guy sounds like the one to me. He supports all the important issues and as a teacher, he supports what I have to look forward to in the future," said Lowgaen Schmidt, of Randolph, Nebraska.
Buttigieg talked to the crowd for nearly an hour, taking questions people submitted before the event. And after spending some time in Iowa, he is finding out Iowans take the Caucus and the election seriously.
"The Iowans I've seen feel a real weight of civic duty because of what the Caucuses mean," said Buttigieg.
"Thank you so much. Thank you for being here and I will see you on the trail," Buttigieg told the crowd.