The former South Bend, Indiana mayor is already in the next battleground state, New Hampshire. While speaking with supporters there about the Iowa results, the openly gay presidential candidate got emotional over what his win means for those who feel different or like they don't belong.
"This validates the idea that we can have the same message, that we can reach out to Democrats, Independents, and even to future former Republicans, ready to bring change to this country," Buttigieg told the crowd while discussing his campaign's vision.
“It validates the idea that we can expand. A coalition not only unified around who it is we’re against but around what it is that we’re for. And it validates for a kid somewhere in a community," Buttigieg continued, briefly choking up. "Wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong, in their own family, that if you believe in yourself, and your country, there’s a lot backing up that belief.”
"This is what we have been working more than a year to convince our fellow Americans of—that a new and better vision can bring about a new and better day," he added.
Watch Buttigieg's emotional speech in the video below.