Kevin Costner endorses Pete Buttigieg

 

Pete Buttigieg took some dings at last week’s Democratic debates over his association with billionaire backers and their “wine caves.” Luckily for him, Kevin Costner is here to, in the words of the anonymous voice in Field of Dreams, ease his pain.

Costner turned up in Indianola, Iowa — the state in which his 1989 film about a corn field turned baseball diamond is set — on Sunday to endorse Buttigieg for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Taking the stage at a town hall hosted at Indianola High School, the 64-year-old star introduced the South Bend, Ind. mayor.

“Whether your road leads you to Pete, like mine has, that’s for you to judge,” Costner told the crowd, according to Fox News’s Tara Prindiville. “But every four years we get the chance to either hold the course we’re on or set up a signal that we’ve tried it and it’s not right. And we’re gonna demand something better.”

Footage from the event shows the actor calling Buttigieg “a man who not only understands how the world looks at us, but how history will, and how we ought to look at ourselves.”

The Oscar winner added that Buttigieg “won’t compete to be the loudest.

“I don’t see his arms flapping. His silences are those of someone who can wait until he has something worked out in his mind to speak.”

The Yellowstone star left the stage after embracing Buttigieg, who appeared with his go-to campaign anthem, “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco, playing.

It’s not Costner’s first foray into politics. Though he was once a Republican who reportedly struck up a friendship with former President Ronald Reagan, the Dances with Wolves star has since identified himself as a registered Independent while supporting Democratic politicians like Barack Obama.

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Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd after a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., waves from the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speak during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidates from left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer vie to answer questions during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
La senadora Elizabeth Warren, representante de Massachusetts, habla mientras la escucha Pete Buttigieg, alcalde de la ciudad de South Bend, durante un debate de aspirantes a la candidatura presidencial demócrata, el jueves 19 de diciembre de 2019, en Los Ángeles. (AP Foto/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidates from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden stand on stage during a break at a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks with Tom Steyer during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) react during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Journalists watch South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speak on a monitor during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Earlier this year, Costner caused a stir when he criticized President Donald Trump and expressed hope that former first lady Michelle Obama might run for president.

Meanwhile, the Buttigieg campaign is having a little fun with the mayor’s new endorsement.

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