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Pete Buttigieg says the U.S. has probably already had a gay president

US Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg attends the Repairers of the Breach for a Moral Witness Wednesday rally in Washington DC Buttigieg It’s ‘Almost Certain’ America Has Had a Gay President 3NICHOLAS KAMM AFP Getty ImagesHARIS ALIC16 Jun 2019
Patty Aguilar | 19 June, 2019, 16:58

Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg doesn't believe that he'll be America's first gay president if he is elected in 2020.

Buttigieg responded: "I mean, statistically it's nearly certain".

"We have had excellent presidents who have been young".

'I'll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country, ' he answered.

But in recent months, he has become one of the more prominent candidates in the crowded Democratic field, regularly polling among the top five nationally.

"My gaydar even doesn't work that neatly in the yell, no longer to mumble retroactively", he acknowledged.

Buttigieg said that "statistically, it's nearly certain", but he is not sure which historical presidents were gay.

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In an interview with Axios on HBO, Buttigieg was asked how he would handle potential criticisms that he is "too young, too liberal, [and] too gay to be commander-in-chief".

Buchanan, a one-term president on the eve of the Civil War, was a notorious bachelor.

"We just didn't know which ones", said Buttigieg.

Born in 1982, he would also be the first millennial president. He came out in 2015 before he was elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is married to Chasten Glezman, a junior high school teacher.

Buttigieg was asked by Axios' Executive Editor Mike Allen how he would respond to Republicans who say he is "too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander in chief".

According to a 2018 survey by Gallup, 4.5 percent of America's more than 327 million population identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. "But one can simplest win that's the case".

He then continued: 'I would imagine we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay - we just didn't know which ones'. As to which ones preferred the company of men, Buttigieg isn't sure.

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