Democrat and 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg has decided to challenge the U.S. Vice President by sharing that he was sending a message to the “Mike Pence’s of the world.” Now, Pence is hitting back.
In an interview conducted by Joe Kernen of CNBC’s “Squak Box,” Pence chided Buttigieg saying that “he knows better.”
Which isn’t hard to believe with Pence recalling that the two “worked very closely” when Pence was governor of Indiana and Buttigeig was mayor to South Bend.
“He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me,” Pence said of remarks Buttigeig made against him.
During the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, D.C. Buttigeig shared that the relationship he had with his husband had brought him closer to God in a remark that was aimed directly at Pence.
“Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” Buttigieg shared.
But Pence maintains his stance of defending his faith while sharing that he was never casting judgement on the Democrat.
“I have my Christian values. My family and I have a view of marriage that’s informed by our faith. And we stand by that. But that doesn’t mean that we’re critical of anyone else who has a different point of view,” Pence said.
Showing his ability to forgive Pence has already excused Buttigeig’s remarks as him simply trying to stand out in an overcrowded election.
“But I get it. You know, it’s look, again, 19 people running for president on that side in a party that’s sliding off to the left. And they’re all competing with one another for how much more liberal they are,” Pence shared.