Buttigieg says he won’t take ‘lectures on family values’ from Rush Limbaugh

Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful, said Sunday he won’t be lectured about “family values” by Rush Limbaugh after the conservative radio talk-show host said he couldn’t be elected because he kisses “his husband on the debate stage.”

“I love my husband, I am faithful to my husband. On stage, we usually just go for a hug, but I love him very much,” Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“And I am not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.”

Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated show last Wednesday noted Buttigieg finishing in the top two spots in Iowa and New Hampshire, but questioned his electability among all Democratic voters.

“Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said. “What’s going to happen here?”

Buttigieg, 38, has been married to Chasten, his husband, since 2018.

In an interview last week on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said he didn’t set out to become the first openly gay president.

“There’s not a lot of time for reflection on the campaign. But yeah, there was a moment before we went out when Chasten pulled me in and just reminded me what this means for some kid peeking around the closet door wondering if this country has a place for them,” Buttigieg said.

“I didn’t set out to be the gay president, but certainly seeing what this means is really meaningful and really powerful.”

Limbaugh, who is suffering from advanced lung cancer, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, by Trump at his State of the Union address earlier this month.

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