South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg 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 DeVosBetsy DeVosGOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout More insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? Betsy DeVos not running for Michigan governor MORE, who hails from there.
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.
Buttigieg on Pence and DeVos: “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.” https://t.co/komgMKCSPm— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) July 28, 2019
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.