Pete Buttigieg gave the soapbox a whole new meaning. (Getty) Gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gave a strange insight into his personal hygiene habits during the most recent stop of his campaign.
Buttigieg was speaking at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday (August 13) when he was asked what advice he’d give to teenagers starting college.
Rather than offering financial pointers (the average US student graduates with some $30,000 of debt) or guidance for trans teens, Buttigieg decided to share his thoughts on—you guessed it—soap.
“Dish soap and hand soap are pretty much the same thing,” he said.
“In your dorm room, this is very useful. Took me a while to figure that out.” Iowa State Fair woman – “Mayor Pete: I have three teenagers. Two freshmen in college. Do you have any advice for them?” @PeteButtigieg – “Well, one thing you ought to know is that dish soap and hand soap are pretty much the same thing.”
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— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) August 14, 2019 After an awkward silence, Buttigieg offered a slightly more substantial nugget of wisdom.
“Please vote,” he said, urging teenagers to encourage their friends to do the same.
“They will be more likely to respond you, urging them to get involved, than they will be to respond to anybody on television telling them to do it.”
He added that young people have “more at stake in whether we figure out student debt, get ahead of the climate change issue and deal with the national debt before it swamps us in your career prime.”
“If you care about this stuff, which I know you do, you’ve got to call on others to be part of it with you,” he concluded. Pollsters say Buttigieg could beat Trump
With more than a year to go until the 2020 US election, pollsters have predicted that Buttigieg could have what it takes to beat Donald Trump.
In a poll published on August 7, SurveyUSA found that if the election were brought forward to today, Buttigieg would be neck-and-neck with the incumbent.
Out of 5,459 registered voters, 44 percent said they would vote for Trump, with 42 percent backing Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten. (Getty) Though Trump won more of the hypothetical vote, so too did Hilary Clinton in 2016, who was backed by 48 percent of Americans to Trump’s 46 percent.
Hence, SurveyUSA said that the result would be too close to call.
In order to face off against Trump, Buttigieg must first secure the Democratic presidential nomination.
Currently the South Bend, Indiana mayor is polling in fifth place behind Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, according to the latest RealClearPolitics poll average.