Mike Pence hits back at Pete Buttigieg: ‘He knows me better’

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CNN reported Wednesday Pence responded to Buttigieg's attack with: "He knows better".

Well, look, I worked very closely with Mayor Pete when I was governor of the state of Indiana.

Last Sunday at the LGBTQ Victory Fund's annual brunch in Washington, D.C., the 2020 Democratic hopeful told the crowd his marriage with his husband made him a "better man", adding, "And yes, Mr. One of the great things about this country is our freedom of religion and the freedom of conscience, and we'll continue to cherish our values, cherish our views".

'That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, ' said Buttigieg, who is a devout Episcopalian.

Kernen then asked Pence if his views on marriage equality have evolved with the broader national view on LGBT equality.

"I get it, you know, it's like, you have 19 people running for president on that side, and part of it is sliding off to the left", he added.

Pence noted that as Vice President of the United States, he respects the decision of the Supreme Court. The Vice President told Kernen, "When I was governor of IN, we fully implemented that decision [of the Supreme Court] into law, but Joe, I have my Christian values".

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Without naming the second lady directly, Buttigieg appeared to respond to her comments on Twitter, writing, "People will often be polite to you in person while advancing policies that harm you and your family".

PENCE: And when I was governor of IN, we fully implemented that decision IN the law.

However, while Pence was governor of IN, he supported anti-LGBTQ legislation due to his Christian beliefs of marriage being between a man and a woman.

While Pence stood by his view of marriage in his interview, he explained: "But that doesn't mean that we're critical of anyone else who has a different point of view".

The right-wing response ignores Pence's long anti-LGBT history, which includes promoting as U.S. House member a Federal Marriage Amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, signing as IN governor a "religious freedom" bill enabling anti-LGBT discrimination and defending as vice president his wife for teaching at a Christian school that refuses to admit LGBT student or employ LGBT teachers.

Pence once claimed that same-sex marriage would lead to the "deterioration of the family" and "societal collapse", and has been accused of supporting so-called conversion therapy, claims he denies.

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