By Lisa Gresci


BOSTON (CBS) — The auditorium at Northeastern University was at capacity. It was filled with millennials, excited to see one of their own on this stage, not only here, but nationwide.

“I think the younger the better, I think we really need that representation in the highest office,” MaryKate Murphy, a sophomore at the university said.

Every one of the 992 seats of Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium was taken. All there to hear from the mayor of South Bend Indiana and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

“And it makes so much sense because by definition the longer you plan to be here the more you have at stake in the decisions that are being made right now,” Buttigieg said.

The 37-year-old candidate, was happy to join the university’s discussion about millennials in politics. “I don’t remember the last politician that impressed me that much,” added Milton Posner, a sophomore at the university.

Pete Buttigieg at Northeastern University (WBZ-TV)

Some of the major moments included his take on how the country’s democracy works. “The Electoral College is a dumb idea,” Buttigieg said. Buttigieg explained why the system needs work.

“The politicians actually choose their voters rather than voters choosing their politicians … in a very naked transparent way that election is rigged and what could be less inspiring when you’re deciding to vote in an election that to find out the election is rigged,” he added.

“He did a really good job answering some of the hard ones,” Emerson Toomey, a freshman at the university said.

Another highlight, a very tough question to answer, whether or not college tuition should be waived.

“I know it’s not the most popular answer but hopefully it can be viewed as a reasonable one,” he answered.

Students at Northeastern University wait to ask Pete Buttigieg a question (WBZ-TV)

The mayor went on to say expecting people to pay zero may exceed what is reasonable. A number that is undeniable though, his campaign has raised over $7 million in the first quarter of 2019.

“I think it’s going to be a long shot for him for sure but his trajectory is really, really positive so in the age of politics a year is a very long time so I hope it keeps going up, up, up and boom and more people will know about him and maybe we will see him as a presidential candidate,” Mahmoud Ashour said.

WBZ’s Jon Keller says it’s still too early to tell which candidates will stick. “It’s way, way too early to be determining whether he’s for real or not, it’s too early to determine whether anyone is really for real,” he explained.

Too soon or not, the crowd walked out of Wednesday’s discussion feeling hopeful.

“It’s also very cool to see how he can appeal to so many people so many constituencies he doesn’t see so much divisive rhetoric that we see it was really refreshing,” Jared Hirschfield, a junior at the university explained.

Buttigieg also spoke about his time as a veteran. He got back from Afghanistan in 2014. He was also asked questions about running as an openly gay candidate. He said he hopes it becomes easier and easier for people to come out and be themselves.

Whether people know him or not yet, these millennials at Northeastern feel Mayor Pete, is one to watch.

Lisa Gresci

Comments (31)
  1. Luis Martinez says:

    Millenials are desperate to be relevant, they’ll latch on to anybody…

    1. Dan Purcell says:

      The Chines Communist Party is patiently waiting for the millennials to take the political reigns of America.

      1. ounce oflogic says:

        The more I hear about “Millennials”, the more I think they should not be allowed to vote.

  2. Big Mama says:

    Millennials are too dumb and gullible to vote..PERIOD

  3. Jim Carson says:

    Did this fool ever hear of the Constitution?

  4. Dan Purcell says:

    Another fake news star…they build them up and we knock them down.

  5. John D Ripper says:

    He’s hoping they will all come with him in the end…

  6. lulu Mahalo says:

    Of course they are excited him. He was indoctrinated by the anti-America / anti-Constitution left in college…just as they were and are.

  7. Deborah McClain says:

    He’s only 37; does he not know that the Constitution requires him to be at least 42 to hold the job of POTUS???

    1. Stephen Williams says:

      The Constitution clearly spells out three age requirements for public office. First, the President and Vice President must be 35 years of age or older when assuming office; a Senator must be 30 years of age, and a member of the House must be 25 years of age. There are no age requirements for Supreme Court Justices.

  8. Oh, that makes him special, more qualified I guess…? Get a life, people…My opinion…

    Every one of the 992 seats of Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium was taken. All there to hear from the mayor of South Bend Indiana and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

    Buttigieg also spoke about his time as a veteran. He got back from Afghanistan in 2014. He was also asked questions about running as an openly gay candidate. He said he hopes it becomes easier and easier for people to come out and be themselves.

  9. Mark Anthony says:

    Did he talk about how he like pole smoking also?

  10. David Q Ziegler says:

    I like his pomade…he’s a Dapper Dan man!

  11. Juan Ruiz says:

    His last name is just too close to his lifestyle.

  12. Dex Ter Morgan says:

    Why doesn’t the media mention that Mayor Pete is 37 , Gay, and married to a Man. Don’t know which is the woman in the relationship. This is who Dems want to lead America and be the face of the country ?
    Mayor Pete can be the “First ” Gay POTUS, Obama has that honor. Will Pete put his man-wife in a dress like Obama dis Michael ?

  13. Ron Wood says:

    No chance. Why??? No chin ,voice too high. Superficial political views. Wishful thinking. Get real!!!

  14. The dem party might be moving to the left, but there is no way in hell they are going to let an openly gay man get the nomination right now.

  15. Bill Loyal says:

    Millennials seem to fall for the mentally ill, deviant pervert types like ButtGig. Guy will probably end up giving them AIDS or something. ButtGig is just another in the long line of gun banning, sexual deviants that the left and the Millennials think are “cool” really makes me embarrassed to be in the Millennial generation

  16. Big Mama says:

    Lil Commie ..he’s got an upturned nose

  17. Dan Purcell says:

    Just more proof that the fake news is trying make something out of nothing…and millennials are still just as stupid and ill informed as their Marxist teachers.

  18. Arlo Ogden says:

    So he wants the five biggest states to make all of the decisions, what a dork!