Buttigieg, husband meet with Jimmy Carter, sit in on Sunday school class

Buttigieg, husband meet with Jimmy Carter, sit in on Sunday school class
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Democratic presidential contender South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Buttigieg unveils disaster response plan focused on communities Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE and his husband Chasten on Sunday sat in on former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class in South Georgia, Buttigieg's campaign said.

The 2020 rising star met and had lunch with Carter at his home in Plains, Ga. following services at Maranatha Baptist Church and a Sunday school session, according to a statement from his campaign. They were also joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

"They enjoyed a conversation about topics ranging from faith to the rigors of the campaign trail," according to the statement. 

Carter told the packed Sunday school class that he knew Buttigieg from his time working on a Habitat for Humanity Project in Indiana, according to the AP.  

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Buttigieg read from the Bible at Carter's request, according to the report. The former president said other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Poll: 33 percent of voters undecided on who won third Democratic debate Jon Bon Jovi: Booker would 'do an amazing job' as president MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE (D-Minn.) had attended his class before. 

"I was humbled to meet with President Carter in Plains, Georgia today," Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. "He is a true public servant and America is blessed for his continuing leadership."

Buttigieg's husband Chasten has emerged as a key part of the South Bend mayor's campaign, acting as a spokesman and adviser as the two appear in interviews and at campaign stops side-by-side.   

Buttigieg is the first openly gay major presidential candidate in the U.S., and he has spoken openly about his struggles with coming out and said his relationship with his husband is one of the most important parts of his life. 

Chasten opened up earlier this week about his struggles coming out as gay, telling The Washington Post that he faced adversity from his family.

“I remember my mom crying and the first thing she asked me was if I was sick. I think she meant, like, did I have AIDS?” he told the Post. 

He said his parents ultimately accepted his sexuality and attended his wedding last year, but his brothers "never got over it."

Buttigieg, who has been vocal about how his Christian faith has influence him in his life, exchanged jabs with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom MORE over Pence's stance on gay rights. Pence accused Buttigieg of being critical of his religion, to which Buttigieg responded: “I’m not critical of his faith, I’m critical of bad policies.”

--Updated 3:45 p.m.