Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, said he and his husband Chasten Buttigieg want children quickly, but his presidential bid has the & # 39; slightly more complicated & # 39; made.
& # 39; Chast, my husband, he has taken care of many things. He is a great educator, he has become a big public figure coming out of the gate & # 39; said South Bend Mayor Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
& # 39; But he will also be a great father. And I can't wait to see him – I hope I'm good at it too – but I can't wait to see him get that chance, "he added.
& # 39; This running for president has slowed the path & # 39 ;, he noted.
Pete Buttigieg said he and his husband Chasten Buttigieg want to have children soon
Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg, shown here at the mayor's presidential announcement, were married last year
Buttigieg, who is on a media trip following his official presidential announcement on Sunday, said that CNN is complicating family life with its White House campaign.
& # 39; It is clear that my recent professional choices have made things a bit more complicated. We get through that. We are not rich either. It turns out that parenting is an expensive proposition for everyone. Especially for same-sex couples there is a lot to discover, & # 39; he said on & # 39; New Day & # 39; on Tuesday morning.
& # 39; I can hardly imagine what it is like as a parent. I know it would make me a better person, and I think it would make me a better president, & he added.
He did not provide further details about the options that the couple pursues or about a timeline.
Chasten Buttigieg, a 29-year-old high school teacher at a South Bend Montessori school. The two were married in 2018 in the cathedral of the St. James Bishop's Church in South Bend.
Chasten Buttigieg himself has become a star on social media, with a growing number of followers, while tweets about the couple's dogs and their lives on the campaign path.
Pete Buttigieg, 37, would be the first openly gay president if he was elected.
He told how difficult it was for him to be gay.
He told Rachel Maddow that the turning point was when he served in Afghanistan as part of the US Navy reserves.
And he said he came to a few people before he went to the people in South Bend.
& # 39; There is a war that breaks out in many people if they realize they might be something they are afraid of. It took me a lot of time to resolve that. I did, as a sort of last way to get to myself, get to at least a few people in my life before I took office because I knew I didn't want that psychological pressure. be the least someone, & he said.
Buttigieg added that it was his commitment that overwhelmed me & # 39;
& # 39; I realized that you can only become one person, & # 39; he said. & # 39; You do not know how long you have on this earth. And by the time I returned, I realized: & # 39; I need to do something. & # 39;
Buttigieg emerged as gay during his election campaign in May 2015, which he won with 78 percent of the votes.
& # 39; I didn't have a dating life while in the closet. The city was a jealous bride and kept me pretty busy, & he said.
Buttigieg said he was a & # 39; jump of faith & # 39; when he came to the voters through an adaptation he wrote in the South Bend newspaper.
& # 39; I felt it was going well in the city. I felt as if I had done well by the people in South Bend and I had a certain level of confidence that I would reward them with re-election. But there is no way to really know. There is no playbook. No manager in Indiana had ever been outside. And so it was a bit of a leap of faith, & he said on MSNBC.
Buttigieg was placed third in popularity in a new poll of Democratic presidential contenders Monday, placing him behind top candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden.
& # 39; I think I became six weeks ago to be considered, you know, cute, so far plausible, & # 39; Buttigieg told CNN
Chasten Buttigieg has become a media star himself while campaigning for his husband
& # 39; I think I became six weeks ago, you know, cute, now plausible, & # 39; he said to CNN.
And he argued that he didn't peak too early in the long, crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination. There are currently 18 candidates competing for the right to take over President Donald Trump next year and the primaries in Iowa will take place on February 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire Primary on February 11, 2020.
& # 39; We patiently built an organization. Suddenly it popped. You only come on stage once, so we have to make the most. I think we have made the best of that moment to build something sustainable. You want to make sure that you are not considered a flash in the pan, but I think we've been here for more than a month, so we've survived the taste of the monthly period, & he said.
& # 39; Now the sometimes non-glamorous work comes from building the early state organizations. Do the fundraising. Do volunteer work at the base. It will provide us with power until next year, & he added.
His national attention grew with his willingness to take on President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who was governor of Indiana while Buttigieg was mayor) and their administration.
Buttigieg got a hot penny last week with Pence about his sexuality and vice president's beliefs in the past week.
The mayor said that CNN Pence is entitled to his beliefs, but those beliefs should not be used as an excuse to harm other people.
& # 39; The vice president is entitled to his religious beliefs. My problem is when those religious beliefs are used as an excuse to harm other people, & he said.
& # 39; This is not about him as a human. This is about policies that hurt people. Policy that hurts children, & he said.
Chasten and Pete Buttigieg at their wedding
Buttigieg said earlier this month that if the vice president is angry with people because he is gay, it is God he should be angry with.
& # 39; If I was homosexual, it was a choice that was made far beyond my salary, & # 39; he said to the LGBTQ Victory Fund event in Washington D.C.
& # 39; And that's exactly what I wanted the Mike Pences of the world to understand. That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your fight, sir, is with my creator, & he added.
Pence shot back and said the mayor knows & # 39; knows better & # 39; then criticize his faith and call on him to try to win points with progressives.
& # 39; He said some things that are critical about my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me, & # 39; Pence, who has a long history of opposing gay rights, told CNBC.