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We should all question presidential candidates

The 2020 presidential election is still 14 months away, but with the constant political coverage, you’d think it was happening in just two months.

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Between the press coverage of Joe Biden’s alleged sexual misconduct allegations or Elizabeth Warren’s apparent “Native American” heritage, it’s no secret that 2020 is gearing up to be both a compelling and historical election.

The latest investigation into a 2020 candidate came Wednesday when CNBC political reporter, Tucker Higgins, broke the story that South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg met with representatives over the summer from the activist group Black Lives Matter. According to the investigation, the activists felt that the presidential candidate brushed off their concerns about police violence in South Bend. This all came in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan, a 54-year-old black father and resident of the city.

This isn’t the first time Buttigieg’s views on race have been called into question. In June, during his first Democratic debate, when asked about the “diminishing diversity” of South Bend’s police department, Buttigieg said, “I couldn’t get it done,” in reference to attempting to better integrate the police force.

CNBC uncovered this meeting using open records laws, and this is yet another example of the press vetting presidential candidates and looking into all that they can in order to better educate themselves. It is vital that they do this. They are helping to maintain our democracy.

Journalists are not the only people who should be looking into what the respective candidates' stances and track records are, however. If we are to be more informed citizens and voters, it is our responsibility to read all that we can, and better educate ourselves, especially in times of political unrest, like today.

In order to restore our democracy to some type of order, it is imperative that we do all that we can to question our representatives and demand better from them every day.

The Voice is intended to best represent the collective opinion of The Editorial Board. It is written by The Setonian’s Editor-in-Chief.

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