Buttigieg Says He’s Ready to Debate Family Values With Trump and Limbaugh

The candidate noted he has never had to "send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse."

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he is ready to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on the topic of family values, after Rush Limbaugh attacked him and reported the president told him not to apologize for it.

During last night’s CNN town hall event, the former mayor was asked about Rush Limbaugh’s recent homophobic comments about him, including suggesting America isn’t ready for a gay president, and asking how parents can explain him kissing his husband in public.

Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg
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Buttigieg with his husband, Chasten Buttigieg.

Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during Trump’s State of the Union, also claimed he felt the Democratic Party was upset because he was outing Buttigieg, arguing the “unwashed masses” were unaware he was gay, positing the Democrats were worried it could hurt his electability if more widely known.

Buttigieg was also asked about Trump claiming he would vote for a gay candidate, which the candidate said he doubted “if he’s sending out his supporters to talk in this way.”

“And look,” he continued, “I mean, the idea of the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump lecturing anybody on family values—I mean, I’m sorry, but one thing about my marriage is, it’s never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating on my spouse with him or her. So, they want to debate family values, let’s debate family values. I’m ready.”

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