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Here's What Pence Has to Say About Buttigieg's Criticism

VP appears on CNBC, responds to presumptive presidential candidate
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2019 2:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pete Buttigieg had something to say to Mike Pence, and Pence had something to say right back. "He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me," said the VP, who was Indiana's governor when Buttigieg came out as gay during his re-election campaign for mayor of South Bend, in response to Buttigieg calling him out over his views on LGBTQ issues. The two actually met in 2011, when Pence was a congressman for Indiana, and Politico notes they have both said positive things about one another over their years in Indiana politics. "I worked very closely with Mayor Pete when I was governor of the state of Indiana, we had a great working relationship," Pence continued during the CNBC interview that aired Thursday.

So why the comments from Buttigieg? "I get it," Pence said. "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." (Buttigieg is expected to formally announce his campaign for president this weekend.) As for his views on homosexuality, Pence said he and his family stand by their "Christian values" and hold "a view of marriage that’s informed by our faith," but "that doesn’t mean that we’re critical of anyone else who has a different point of view." He added that, as governor of Indiana, he implemented the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. (See Buttigieg's comments about Pence here.)

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