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 Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports 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 BookerSenate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed-up child tax credit into spending deal Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Biden celebrates 'right to repair' wins Advocacy groups urge Congress to tackle tech giants' auto industry focus Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law 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 PenceBest path to Jan. 6 accountability: A civil suit against Trump Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump Jan. 6 panel's subpoena furthers complications for Rudy Giuliani, DOJ 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.