Democratic Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg talked about how his sexuality may play with some voters in an interview with NBC’s Meet The Press yesterday.
Talking with Chuck Todd, Buttigieg addressed a video that went viral last week. It showed a woman in Iowa who had voted for Buttigieg asking if she could take her vote back after learning that he is married to a man.
Chuck said to Buttigieg, “There’s going to be voters like that … There’s some voter who walks into the booth and just doesn’t pull the lever simply because they have an issue with your private life. What do you say to those concerns?”
Buttigieg replied, “The first is what I have to say to that voter, which is I’m saddened that she sees things that way but I’m running to be her president too.
“No matter who she votes for as president, I’m going to get up in the morning and try to do a good job for her and for every American.
“Look, the reality is prejudice is still out there and you’ve got to deal with it. I would not have been able to get re-elected where I did in Mike Pence’s Indiana if people were not able to look past that.
“Every time somebody seeks to break a barrier, pundits try to make it about electability.”
Chuck interrupted at this point to ask, “Have you taken a moment to appreciate the history that you’ve made?”
“There’s not a lot of time for reflection in a campaign,” says Buttigieg. “There was a moment before we went out when [husband] Chasten pulled me in and reminded me what this means for some kid peeking around the closet door wondering if this country has a place for them.
“I didn’t set out to be the gay president, but certainly seeing what this means is really meaningful and really powerful.”
The conversation takes place around the 8.15 mark.
In the rest of the interview, Buttigieg talks about his political record and why he believes he’s the candidate to beat Donald Trump.
He also talked about a political campaign video released last week by Joe Biden, which contrasted Biden’s record in the White House as Vice President with Buttigieg’s record as mayor in South Bend.
The video savagely portrayed Buttigieg as inexperienced and questioned his standing in the eyes of African-American communities.
“The voters who know me best in the African-American community, those in South Bend community, those in South Bend are backing me,” claimed Buttigieg in response, saying that black unemployment and black poverty had been reduced in South Bend during his time as Mayor.
Buttigieg appears to have narrowly beaten Bernie in last week’s Iowa Caucus over by the slimmest of margins (26.2% to 26.1%), although at the time of writing, Sanders may be seeking a partial re-canvass of the results and no official result has been declared
Tomorrow, the Democratic frontrunners again go head-to-head in the New Hampshire Primary. Opinion polls currently have Sanders leading in New Hampshire (at 27%), followed by Buttigieg (19%), Amy Klobuchar (14%), Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden (both on 12%).