Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE said he doesn’t think he would be the first gay president if he is elected to the White House in 2020.
Asked about possible attacks on his sexuality from Republicans, the South Bend, Ind., mayor, who is gay, told “Axios on HBO” that “we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.”
“People will elect the person who will make the best president,” Buttigieg said. “And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal,” adding that some were likely gay as well.
“You believe that we’ve had a gay commander in chief?” host Mike Allen asked.
“I mean, statistically it’s almost certain,” Buttigieg replied.
But the 2020 hopeful said he would not speculate on which former presidents might have been gay.
“My gaydar doesn’t even work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he said.
If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay U.S. president.
Recent polling data shows that while trailing behind other 2020 Democratic primary candidates — including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) — Buttigieg has some traction in early voting states such as South Carolina.
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