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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks 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.  


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 Booker'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis It's in America's best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distribution ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction FDA signals plan to address toxic elements in baby food Sen. Tina Smith calls for eliminating filibuster 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 PenceSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Pence to narrate Limbaugh documentary series for Fox Nation 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.