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Buttigieg to Detroit audience: Don't judge Indiana by Pence and we won't judge Michigan by DeVos

Buttigieg to Detroit audience: Don't judge Indiana by Pence and we won't judge Michigan by DeVos
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE (D) took to the stage in Detroit on Sunday as part of his presidential campaign and had a deal to make with the audience.

The 2020 Democratic candidate joked to the crowd that they couldn’t judge his state of Indiana by Vice President Pence, the former governor of the state, and he wouldn’t judge the state of Michigan by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative Private schools prove reopening learning institutions safely can be done MORE, who hails from there.

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Several reporters in attendance tweeted out the exchange, noting that Buttigieg did not specifically name either of the officials in the Trump administration.

“Let’s make a deal. You promise not to judge Indiana by the vice president and we’ll promise not to judge Michigan by the secretary of Education,” Buttigieg said Sunday during the fundraiser in Detroit, according to multiple reports.

Both DeVos and Pence have been frequent targets of criticism from the left.

The comment from Buttigieg on Sunday is just the latest shot he has taken at Pence.

The two Hoosiers sparred earlier this year after Buttigieg criticized Pence for his stance on LGBTQ rights.

Buttigieg, who is openly gay, said his marriage to husband Chasten "has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God.”

Pence is viewed by LGBTQ groups and advocates as a top adversary of gay rights, based on his opposition to same-sex marriage and other policies when he was atop Indiana and a member of Congress.

Pence responded to Buttigieg’s previous comments by saying he worked well with the South Bend mayor when the two were in Indiana and that he does not have a problem with the 2020 candidate.