Feb 6, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Buttigieg responds to anti-gay Iowa caucusgoer: "I'm running to be her president too"

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to an Iowa caucusgoer who tried to change her vote upon learning he is gay, stating in an appearance on ABC's "The View" Thursday: "I'm running to be her president too."

What he's saying:

"What I want her to know is that I'm running to be her president too. Of course, I wish she was able to see that my love is the same as her love for those that she cares about — that my marriage means as much to me as hers if she's married. But if she can't see that, and even if because she can't see that, she won't vote for me, I am still, if I am elected president, going to get up in the morning and try to make the best decisions for her and the people that she loves. As I will work to serve every American, whether they supported me or not."

The backdrop: A precinct captain in Iowa captured the video of the incident after the woman cast her caucus vote.

  • “Are you saying he has a same-sex partner? Are you kidding?” the woman asked.
  • When someone confirmed to her that Buttigieg is in a same-sex marriage, the woman said: "Well, I don't want anybody like that in the White House. So can I have my card back?"

The big picture: With 97% of precincts reporting, Buttigieg is neck-and-neck with Sen. Bernie Sanders for the highest percentage of delegates won. Buttigieg controversially declared victory in Iowa on Monday based on his own campaign's reporting, despite that not being confirmed by official results.

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Buttigieg responds to Biden's electability criticism

While on "The View" Thursday, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg fired back at Joe Biden for his remarks that it would be a risk for the Democratic Party to nominate Buttigieg, given his limited experience as a small-town mayor.

"Well if that argument is about electability and the ability to win, we just had the first election of the 2020 process. I think that's my answer."
— Pete Buttigieg on "The View"

What to watch for at tonight's Democratic debate

Candidates at the last Democratic debate in Iowa. Photo: Robyn Beck/Getty Images

The biggest story heading into New Hampshire is Pete Buttigieg's meteoric rise, which has the potential to shift the dynamics of the primary field and is rattling his rivals to his left and right.

The state of play: Following his strong showing in Iowa, Buttigieg jumped 12 percentage points in a New Hampshire poll between Monday (the day of the Iowa caucus) and Thursday, and his opponents are saying his name more regularly in their stump speeches throughout the state.

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Polls show Buttigieg bounce after debate night

Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg moved into a statistical tie with Sen. Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, in a Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll released Friday night.

By the numbers: Buttigieg is at 25% and Sanders polls at 24%. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was at 14% and Joe Biden was only at 11%. The margin of error is 4.4 points.