Claims to fame: He would be not only America's first openly gay president but its youngest commander-in-chief. He is considered an articulate campaigner who served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and can appeal to different generations.
Biggest weaknesses: His lack of political and legislative experience, as well as his controversial handling of police issues, including firing South Bend's popular African-American police chief and a white officer's recent killing of a black resident.
Miami moment: He acknowledged South Bend's police force remains too white for a city with 26% black population and vowed to achieve better racial balance and security.
Candidate visits to Michigan: July 24 for the NAACP national convention in Detroit