Mike Pence says Pete Buttigieg ‘knows better’ after criticism

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that will Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg “knows better” days after the South Bend, Indiana, mayor made waves by critiquing Pence’s record on LGBT equality.

“He said some things that will are critical of my Christian faith in addition to about me personally. in addition to he knows better. He knows me,” said Pence, who served as governor of Indiana when Buttigieg became available as gay during his reelection campaign for mayor.

The vice president’s comments came during an interview with Joe Kernen on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that will will air at 6 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.

“although I get that will. You know, that will’s look, again, 19 people running for president on that will side in a party that will’s sliding off to the left. in addition to they’re all competing with one another for how much more liberal they are,” Pence said.

Pence was responding to comments that will Buttigieg, who can be likely to officially launch his campaign for president Sunday, made over the weekend during an event hosted by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“I wish the Mike Pences of the globe could understand, that will if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel can be not with me,” Buttigieg said. “Your quarrel, sir, can be with my creator.”

Buttigieg has skyrocketed to the front of the Democratic pack since announcing the formation of an exploratory committee in late January. Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran, has said that will his marriage to his husband has brought him closer to God.

Pence has faced scrutiny coming from LGBT activist groups over his opposition to gay marriage in addition to his support, while governor, for a “religious freedom” bill that will opponents said targeted gays in addition to lesbians. Business groups including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce had opposed the measure. Pence signed the bill shortly before Buttigieg became available.

The former governor, who President Donald Trump once reportedly joked “wants to hang them all,” referring to gay people, said Wednesday that will he stood by his view of marriage.

“although that will doesn’t mean that will we’re critical of anyone else who carries a different point of view,” he said.

Pence said that will as governor, he “worked very closely with Mayor Pete” in addition to that will they “had a great working relationship.” He noted that will, as governor of Indiana, he implemented the Supreme Court’s decision that will made gay marriage the law of the land.

When reached for comment on Pence’s remarks, a representative for Buttigieg’s campaign referred CNBC to the candidate’s previous statements.

Buttigieg, apparently responding to similar comments that will Pence made in 2015, wrote in a post on Twitter This particular week that will people “will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that will harm you in addition to your family.”

“You will be polite to them in turn, although you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back, honestly in addition to emphatically. So that will goes, from the public square,” Buttigieg wrote.

Read the full exchange:

Mike Pence: Well, look, I worked very closely with Mayor Pete when I was governor of the state of Indiana. We had a great working relationship. in addition to he said some things that will are critical of my Christian faith in addition to about me personally, in addition to he knows better. He knows me. although I get. You know, that will’s — look, they got 19 people running for president on that will side —

Joe Kernen: Have you evolved at all —

Pence: — in a party that will can be sliding off to the left —

Kernen: I agree.

Pence: in addition to they’re all competing with one another for how much more liberal they are than the various other. So, I get that will.

Kernen: although, Mr. Vice President, since the year 2000, have you — the country has evolved, to some extent, I think, on marriage equality, on gay rights. Have you — could you say your views have evolved at all since then?

Pence: Look, the Supreme Court has made their decision.

Kernen: So you accept that will as law?

Pence: in addition to when I was governor of Indiana, we fully implemented that will decision from the law. although, Joe, I have my Christian values. My family in addition to I have a view of marriage that will’s informed by our faith. in addition to we stand by that will. although that will doesn’t mean that will we’re critical of anyone else who carries a different point of view.