SPARKS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — On Monday morning, Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg held a Veteran Town Hall in Reno -- just five days before the Nevada Caucus.
Fresh off a victory in the Iowa Caucus and a close runner-up finish in New Hampshire, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor traveled to Nevada to capitalize on his campaign’s growing momentum.
A portion of his town hall Monday morning focused on Veteran support.
Miles Buergin sat down with Buttigieg to talk about issues that concern voters in Nevada:
On Sunday evening, Buttigieg held a rally in Sparks, the last of three political events on a busy day for candidates in northern Nevada.
The event drew in an audience of over 1,238 people according to Robert Alesevich, Assistant Principal with Sparks High School.
During his pitch to voters, Buttigieg leaned on his experience living and working in the Midwest as a strength to be President Donald Trump.
"Don't you think it might make sense for him to have to stand on the debate stage next to somebody who's not a millionaire who actually lives and works in the industrial Midwest, in the exact kind of community that he's let down, to hold him to account?" he asked the crowd.
The former mayor also said his first action if he were elected would be to enact climate change policies.
"We gotta deal with climate right away," he said. "They're rolling back clean air and clean water protections. We gotta rejoin the Paris Climate Accord on day one."
Speaking in front of a Planned Parenthood in Las Vegas Sunday morning, he told his supporters his health care plan would "support, reimburse and fund" abortion and family planning.
Buttigieg also addressed comments from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh about whether voters would elect him because he’s been “kissing his husband” on stage after debates.
He said America should have politics that welcomes everybody and that "I'm not going to be lectured on family values from the like of Rush Limbaugh, or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States."
Next up for Buttigieg, he will host town halls in Carson City and Elko on Monday.