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Buttigieg promises to make race and gender (not experience?) his priority in picking a running mate

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Taking pandering to the next level, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced that if he’s the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee, experience will take a back seat to gender and race when it’s time to pick his running mate.

“Gender and racial diversity is extremely important to me,” Buttigieg said last week. “It will be a central consideration in selecting a running mate. And I have committed to ensuring that our Cabinet will be the first Cabinet that is at least 50% women.”

Buttigieg, 37, was so proud of his stance that his campaign put a clip out highlighting his remarks.

The candidate released a 26-page women’s rights agenda on Thursday highlighting how he plans to make women a top priority if elected president, NBC News reported.

The plan includes a focus on the alleged pay gap involving women, a push for family leave, as well as a $10 billion investment “to end workplace sexual harassment and discrimination against women.”

Buttigieg pushed his gender-specific plan on social media, as well.

“Every woman has the right to live free from violence, harassment, and discrimination. As president, I will work to secure safe communities for all women. That’s why today—on #PurpleThursday—I’m sharing my plan to build lasting power for women in America,” he tweeted.

In addition to saying he will nominate at least 50% women to cabinet positions and judicial seats if elected, the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate said he will reinstate the White House Council on Women and Girls formed under the Obama administration, according to NBC News.

As for social media users, they’ll take experience and qualifications over gender and the color of one’s skin when it comes to selecting someone next in line to being the country’s commander-in-chief.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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