‘I considered him a friend’: Pence addresses criticism from 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg

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After several comments from 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, Vice President Mike Pence is responding.

Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has criticized Pence’s stance on LGBT issues. Pence’s wife, Karen, declared that people “shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are.”

She also claimed Buttigieg made his comments in an effort to “get some notoriety” in a crowded field of contenders.

The mayor said he was not criticizing the former Indiana governor’s faith, only his policies. Mike Pence addressed the issue in a recent interview.

“You know, I’ve known Mayor Pete for many years,” Pence said. “We worked closely together when I was governor.”

He went on to tell CNN’s Dana Bash that he holds no ill will toward Buttigieg.

I considered him a friend,” the vice president declared. “He knows I don’t have a problem with him.”

Pence declared that he doesn’t “believe in discrimination against anybody.” He stressed his opinion that everyone is entitled to his or her own beliefs.

“I treat everybody how I want to be treated,” he said. “The truth of it is, all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine.”

Pence previously accused Buttigieg of saying “some things that are critical of [his] Christian faith and about [him] personally.”

That criticism, he asserted, is unfounded.

“And he knows better,” Pence said of Buttigieg. “He knows me.”

Do you agree with Buttigieg’s criticism of the vice president? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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