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Buttigieg Expresses Pride in What His Campaign ‘Means for Some Kid Peeking Around the Closet Door’

By CNSNews.com Staff | February 10, 2020 | 3:04pm EST
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday retweeted a clip from his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in which he reacted to a video of a woman who decided not to vote for him in the Iowa caucuses because she had just discovered he was married to another man.

“Look, the reality is prejudice is still out there and you’ve got to deal with it,” Buttigieg told host Chuck Todd.

“But I would not have been able to get re-elected the way I did in Mike Pence’s Indiana if people were not able to look past that,” he said.

Buttigieg then told Todd that his husband, Chasten, had reminded him before the campaign started about what his candidacy would mean “for some kid peeking around the closet door.”

“There was a moment before we went out when Chasten pulled me [inaudible] and just reminded me what this means for some kid peeking around the closet door wondering if this country has a place for them,” Buttigieg said.

“And, you know, I didn’t set out to be the gay president,” he said, “but certainly seeing what this means is really meaningful and really powerful.”

Here is a transcript of the moment on “Meet the Press,” where Buttigieg talks about what his campaign could mean “for some kid peeking around the closet door.”

Pete Buttigieg: “…Look, the reality is prejudice is still out there and you’ve got to deal with it. But I would not have been able to get re-elected the way I did in Mike Pence’s Indiana if people were not able to look past that.

“And every time somebody seeks to break a barrier, pundits try to make it about electability.”

Chuck Todd: “Well, I was just going to say, let’s instead of being a pundit here, have you taken a moment to appreciate the history you’ve made?”

Buttigieg: “There’s not a lot of time for reflection in a campaign.”

Todd: “I understand that.”

Buttigieg: “But, yeah, there was a moment before we went out when Chasten pulled me [inaudible] and just reminded me what this means for some kid peeking around the closet door wondering if this country has a place for them.

“And, you know, I didn’t set out to be the gay president, but certainly seeing what this means is really meaningful and really powerful.”




 

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