Here’s why Pete Buttigieg wants to be transportation secretary

Here's why Pete Buttigieg wants to be transportation secretary 1


Why would Pete Buttigieg, who came from nowhere to become a top-tier candidate in the 2020 presidential race, agree to be the transportation secretary in the now-forming administration of President-elect Joe Biden? In this episode of The Point, Chris Cillizza explains why the former South Bend mayor would get a HUGE political boost from the Cabinet job.

Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary

Biden to name former rival Buttigieg to lead Transportation Dept., former Mich. governor Granholm to Energy Dept.

Infrastructure Week, a long-standing Washington punchline, is dead

These Smart Sewers Are Part Of A Growing Trend Connecting Infrastructure To The Internet

About me:
I was named "best dressed" in 7th grade. That, along with being CNN's editor at large and author of the daily "Point" newsletter are my proudest achievements. Look for me here every Tuesday and Thursday to find out what’s really going down in politics.

Writer: Chris Cillizza
Producer: Allison Gordon
The Point Editor: Leigh Munsil
Video Editor: Steven Sevilla

Follow Chris on

Subscribe to The Point newsletter: .

#CNN #Cillizza #PeteButtigieg

67 Comments on "Here’s why Pete Buttigieg wants to be transportation secretary"

  1. Hey, Chris here! Who would be in your dream Cabinet?

  2. Christopher Robin Garrish | December 17, 2020 at 11:19 AM | Reply

    High speed rail, electric cars, cleaner planes, and efficient infrastructure…….that would be Europe.

    • Amoola Khanshali | December 17, 2020 at 7:45 PM | Reply

      @Yi he is president elect and just stop spreading misinformation

    • Amoola Khanshali | December 17, 2020 at 7:47 PM | Reply

      @Jos Callinet ….wtf

    • commentor silensor | December 17, 2020 at 8:17 PM | Reply

      Want to be like Europe: making owning cars so difficult in cities just like New York. You don’t need a car to get to HSR, subway, and buses. Buses are not for losers. As Obama Energy secretary, Steve Chu, said leave your in garage in the weekday. What he meant was take public transportation yo work. Drive your cars to national parks.
      These will never work in USA.Trump supporters n car industry will opposr. Thsts give. The biggest obstacles come from people like you n thumb down. The American support train system n destroyed bus system. Thsts ok, you guys can drive to train stations. The non car driver continue to suffer.
      For past 25 years, LA has been building rail n cut bus service. Non car drivers just have walk more, catch more infrequent buses n suffer more.
      People disagree. Then why people mentioned Europe n Asia. In Japan, you don’t even need a car to travel to many rural areas. Even in Vancouver, you can take public transportation easily to nearby redort.
      In LA, you nee+ cars to the trsin station. Sadly, LA is one of the best pub transportation after New York Chicago Boston DC San Francisco.
      Thank you trsin supporters you have slept with oil n car industry, so American have train n still nee+ cars in mahor citied

    • Катя Сапожникова | December 17, 2020 at 9:46 PM | Reply

    • @Matt 88 A small country that was still in a monarchy and pre-industrial infrastructure when the US was already in the midst of the industrial revolution. It’s even more embarrassing that they have more advanced infrastructure when we had decades of technological advantage.

  3. BETTERWORLD SGT0589 | December 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM | Reply

    Also a lot of Jobs will be created in the process of rebuilding and improving existing infrastructure!

  4. I initially thought he’d be better in communications but he can sort out our failing infrastructure and set himself up for 2024 – I’d vote for that guy.. y’all – his book ‘trust’ is amazing read it listen to it just get into it

  5. Because I just looove choo choo’s.

  6. Blaise MacPherson | December 17, 2020 at 12:16 PM | Reply

    My 11yo beats me at TtR too but it’s because if I block him he says “no fair” and his mom gives me a dirty look so I buy something else.

  7. Moscow mitches Mrs been doing some serious dodgy dealings behind the scenes.

  8. The second actor traditionally hug because garlic physiologically save to a ambitious flame. good, null bulb

  9. Amtrak Productions | December 17, 2020 at 12:41 PM | Reply

    I’d like to be a transportation secretary!

  10. why not? It isn’t a bad Job. Transportation is awesome. Don’t belittle people please

  11. matthew blicher | December 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM | Reply

    Nobody grows up wanting to be the transportation secretary, except for me! I like trains

  12. Hi Chris, would you consider your position on CNN ……….. small? 🤷‍♂️

  13. Biden’s cabinet is getting a lot of attention. That’s for sure

  14. Within 3 weeks, Pete will have read and absorbed every piece of modern literature referring to transportation.

    • Marco Melendez | December 17, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

      @Tim Cowan You’ve got your priorities all messed up. It’s very clear now that you were projecting by your response.

    • @Marco Melendez Hey Marco,
      Watching the Raiders and Charges.
      I like President Trump.
      Enjoy the week

    • santa fe, bantayan island life | December 17, 2020 at 9:42 PM | Reply

      @Marco Melendez reeeee! 5“A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the LORD your God.

    • santa fe, bantayan island life | December 17, 2020 at 9:50 PM | Reply

      @Marco Melendez Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
      and before you were born I consecrated you; you will not murder . 6“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

    • santa fe, bantayan island life | December 17, 2020 at 9:52 PM | Reply

      @Marco Melendez Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

  15. Cool t-shirt, Chris – glad to see you’re back on track

  16. Yes, indeed Biden is setting and grooming him to be Kamala’s VP. We love that

  17. qualification: liked trains as a kid and took the train once

    • Kristen Rodriguez | December 17, 2020 at 4:57 PM | Reply

      On top of that, we have a car culture because everything is so far away. It is a little annoying that If I want to go from SF to LA I would have to take a plane or drive for 6 hours. Or even to go from my town to SF would be a 1-hour drive.

    • @Kristen Rodriguez Whether you take a bus or fly from SF to LA, or vice-versa, you need a car at your destination, so you might as well drive YOUR OWN CAR, unless your trip is bought and paid for by your employer as a BUSINESS EXPENSE, in which case you fly and rent a car at your destination airport. THIS is the reason why trains are unnecessary. We have THE BEST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, BAR NONE. Trains play no role in this system, so they have been forgotten.

    • Cortez The Killer | December 17, 2020 at 5:35 PM | Reply

      @Jos Callinet At least think before you post a comment because I’m not sure you know what trains are. They are those electrified things that don’t spew out carbondioxide.

    • Pigeon Persona | December 17, 2020 at 6:03 PM | Reply

      @Jos Callinet We definitely don’t have the world’s best transportation system. Our infrastructure is largely crumbling and not well maintained. Space wise, cars are much less efficient than other forms of transportation. Also needing a car in your final destination isn’t always true, there are places in the US where you can go without, Seattle, Boston, NYC, San Fran. Europe has built itself in a way that you don’t need a car in most major cities. And frankly, it’s sad and behind the times that in most US cities, you need a car

    • @blackcherrysmokebomb they’re all qualified cell buddies 👍

  18. Kiamichi Ozarks | December 17, 2020 at 5:42 PM | Reply

    Sara Lee, cause nobody doesn’t like.

  19. It’s because he’s a smart strategist… and patient… duh!

  20. He wants to build the Hershey highway.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.