I try to see as many candidates in the Democratic presidential primary as I can. Wofford College let Pete Buttigeg hold a "town hall" as they welcome all major candidates of nearly any opinion. The Dean of the college let everyone know that Woodrow Wilson, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush had once stepped on that very stage.
It took Mayor Pete about 35 minutes to actually get out and speak and do the whole questions and answers. What makes him a bit different from the other Democrats is that he wants to appeal to Christian faith-based voters (most which are going to swarm to the Republican Party) and his Medicare for All is more like a beefed up version of Obamacare rather than "Medicare for All."
Unlike when I saw Warren (she vowed to stay to the last person), Mayor Pete did not say anything about meeting people for pictures and handshakes.
But sure enough it happened anyway. It was a crowd of chaos and no order.
Right before we had our chance (as you can see how close I got here), the local news hounded him and asked him questions. He had about maybe forty people waiting for a chance to meet him after the press were told no more questions...and he just left. Just like that... I thought that was really uncool and pretty wrong. I could understand if he had a packed out football stadium full of people (like I heard Bernie Sanders had drawn in Seattle before) but he could have made everyone happy with an extra fifteen minutes of his time.
Wofford College is right near Krispy Kreme, which is owned by a Democratic state senator (Columbia SC, not Washington DC) named Glenn Reese. I just happened to walk in to get some snacks and Mayor Peter came by to see Glenn. Still no photo with him or a handshake. For a crowded primary of folks, you'd think maybe just maybe, he wouldn't want to alienate crucial votes in a early primary state? You think I'm voting for him now in the primary? Nope!