Biden defends Buttigieg from 'depravity of this administration'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE came to Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate 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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) and a strong third-place finish by Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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.