Pete Buttigieg said during a town hall on Monday night that he wants to serve the entire nation — and not just be “the gay president of the United States.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful was speaking with CNN host Don Lemon when he made the comment about his presidential ambitions.
“I’m not running to be the gay president of the United States, or the president of the gay United States,” Buttigieg said during the event in Charleston, South Carolina.
“I’m out here to serve everybody.”
Buttigieg also spoke about a recent campaign rally where a 9-year-old boy asked him for help to come out as a gay male — something that took Buttigieg years to come to terms with.
“Yeah, it was really emotional, and also extraordinary, because, you know, I meet people who have such a sense of who they are so much earlier in life than I did,” Buttigieg said.
“I was wrestling with this well into my twenties,” he added.
Meanwhile on Monday night, The State newspaper in South Carolina endorsed Buttigieg in Saturday’s Democratic primary.
“On Saturday, the voters of South Carolina should choose Buttigieg in the state’s Democratic presidential primary,” the paper’s endorsement read.
“Buttigieg has gained that needed perspective during his eight years leading South Bend, a Midwestern city that had to reinvent itself and cast aside a Rust Belt image. And Buttigieg’s policies also reflect that essential connection to everyday Americans.”
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