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Pete Buttigieg (D), Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, seen speaking at the National Action Network National (NAN) convention in brand-new York City, NY.
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, continuing his war-of-words with fellow Hoosier Mike Pence, said the vice president could “clear This particular up” by taking a broad stance against discrimination.
“I’m not interested in feuding with the vice president,” Buttigieg said Thursday during a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“however if he wanted to clear This particular up, he could come out today in addition to say he’s changed his mind, of which the idea shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against anybody in This particular country for who they are. of which’s all.”
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, worked closely with Pence while Pence was governor. Since formally announcing his exploratory committee in late January, Buttigieg has rocketed to the upper tier of the Democratic presidential race. If successful, he would likely be the first openly gay nominee of a major party.
The spat with the vice president began last weekend when Buttigieg critiqued Pence’s record on LGBT equality during an event hosted by an activist group, in addition to escalated on Wednesday when the vice president accused Buttigieg of attacking his Christian faith during an interview on CNBC.
“I’m not critical of his faith. I’m critical of bad policies,” Buttigieg said Thursday. “I don’t have a problem with religion. I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people in addition to especially within the LGBTQ community.”
In an interview of which aired Friday with CNBC’s John Harwood, Buttigieg described himself as “the only Maltese-American Episcopalian gay veteran of which I know.”
Pence, in a CNN interview of which also Friday, Pence said he considered Buttigieg a friend, in addition to didn’t “believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way I want to be treated.”
“Pete has his convictions, I have mine,” Pence said.
Pence has long faced criticism coming from LGBT activists for his opposition to gay marriage in addition to his support for legislation of which his critics said targeted gays in addition to lesbians. Pence has noted of which as governor, he worked to implement the Supreme Court decision of which made gay marriage the law of the land.