Biden defends Buttigieg from 'depravity of this administration'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE came to Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE's defense on Thursday after conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested the former South Bend, Ind., mayor's sexuality made him unelectable.

“You saw, you just had on Rush Limbaugh, I mean, my God, it’s part of the depravity of this administration,” Biden said on ABC’s “The View.”

“Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell,” Biden added.

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Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE at last week's State of the Union address, said Wednesday that Democratic Party leaders are “looking at Mayor Pete, a 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage, and they’re saying, 'OK, how’s this gonna look, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s gonna happen there?' "

Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay president if elected, finished ahead of Biden in both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, making him the top moderate in the first two nominating states.

Despite a fifth-place finish in Tuesday's primary, which was narrowly won by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) and a strong third-place finish by Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLiberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record Officer involved in George Floyd death charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter MORE (D-Minn.), Biden vowed to stay in the race.

“I'll be damned if we're gonna lose this nomination, particularly if we're gonna lose this nomination and end up losing an election to Donald Trump," Biden said Wednesday.