ABC News presents ‘Running Mates’ with Chasten Buttigieg

In a one-on-one exclusive, Pete Buttigieg’s husband gets personal about his own struggles and claps back at Rush Limbaugh’s comments.
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It is that time again we are bringing back our series running mates forget campaign ads or debate soundbites are really get to know the candidates we are going straight to the source to their better half there's thousands are collectively. They're spice. And tonight we sit down with chest and booted yet she gets personal about his own struggles and why he loves. They also claps back at Rush Limbaugh for comments he made directed at his husband. Major pharma with him as hard. Teaming me feel so much ground. Nothing unusual about the real life running. Presidential candidate gushing about their spouse with all of the roller coasters are running for president he still has such a wonderful husband. But chest included judge professing his love for the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete booty. Is groundbreaking what a gift what a privilege to be able to share this experience with him. Think a lot there to show up for people who need him. This excessive his husband's first openly gay man to launch a major presidential campaign in US history and sell. Mayor Pete declared victory in Iowa caucus need. The New Hampshire. And finished a close second seed New Hampshire we are here to respect your wrist cast in right by his side being brought a mile. Oh. It's okay. Past englishman met people who judge on the dating app hinge in 2015. Frontline it was a picture in the military. I tell the truth and I fell hard and fast for people. Three years later they got married chest in taking his husband's last name. I spy kids to have the same last name and items is probably means generally funny but I really like for the jets. They were married for less than a year before Peter has chance to. I'm a proud son of South Bend, Indiana and I am running for president to. Time president. So how has that been for your merit and essentially your pistol newlyweds again feminist on denying its heart but it is a sacrifice that's worth making. Because I have seen Peter go out there and change people's lives save people's lives because of the visibility of this campaign. And because of the message that he's offering the American people. Message of hope and inclusion in belonging some very proud to share him with the rest of the country. Now it just thirty years old Chastain has become a powerful force on the campaign trail. Amassing hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and into Graham using both platforms to support his husband you've become someone. Of a secret weapon of this campaign I've heard of fund raisers knew. Are responsible for about like a third of the money that comes in you know I think if you're looking for her presidential. Fundraising super house powerhouse you know. People probably don't look for a middle school drama teacher but I think I can connect with people as a person who came out the country that. Made LG BTQ Americans feel disgusting and unwanted. And unloved I know what it's like to feel like this country doesn't stand for human. He credited his campaign in a message again. This is our opportunity to build the most inclusive. Coalition. That we has seen in modern times but many are questioning if the country is ready for a gay president according to a Gallup poll that came out in January 21% of Americans said that they would not vote for a gay president does that number surprise you either being high or low. Don't but again I focus on the work. I focusing going out there and showing people who I had and I think we have an opportunity right now. To back in Americans to hire Collins. And to welcome people onto the right side history. Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh recently weighed in on the matter. They've got to be saying that despite all the great progress and despite all the great won't miss a despite all the great ground has been covered America's still we're not ready. To elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president. At a CNN town hall in Nevada this week included damaged it. Back to about my marriages it's never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star after cheating unless. We've heard from. I dealt with a multitude of Rush Limbaugh's when I was walking through the hallway. As of my high school you sign. That Pete is ready to go toda told us president. But I'm more worried about the kids. I'm more worried about the people in this country who are watching how we treat. This candidacy cheetahs campaign and the way we treat people who for so long have been attacked by people like crush them on this president and I think. It is time bird moral leadership to be restored to the White House so when you are ready to share that deepest truth about yourself when you are ready to. Step out of the closet. He stepped out into something hopeful. An inclusive. And you look up to Washington see a president who cares about you and love scene. Chastain dissent. I grew up in a pretty socially conservative place I went to a school where you know if you were Tom the football team or are one of the jocks that. You know you are picked on and bullied and belittled being gay made things even harder. At one point you're homeless you know when I came out I was certain and I'd lose everything. I was so certain that I would be a disappointment to my feeling in my community in my church. And my friends. That rather than stick around and find out if there's going to be OK I ran away from and sometimes I slept on my friends' couches and floors and sometimes I felt like I was the burden even on my friend since I was just sleep in the back to my car but I had a happy ending that sorry I got to go home. I got to come home to two loving parents who were terrified for me. Because they loved me but they knew it was going to be hard. And it's I'm very very lucky not every kid has that story 40% of homeless youth in this country are LG BTQ. It was his own experience that shaped Chastain is work as an advocate for LG BTQ youth I have spent the last year traveling and meeting with. Kids all over the country. The last year alone I visited about a hundred LG BTQ senators and homeless service providers meeting with kids sharing my story and listening to there's. He says this election is not about policy for him it's personal. From homelessness to health care to the meat to movement Chastain says he can relate. Even were calling a time he says he was sexually assaulted when he was eighteen. I remember. Somehow feeling like my parents would be so disappointed in me. Ands. I don't know what it was about society that made me feel somehow that I had done something wrong. And to feel such shame and guilt. For somebody else taking advantage of me and it's I'm so grateful for everyone who has spoken out. Because it made me feel less alone two as somebody who held onto that for a really long time unfortunately that. That's shaped me in a really negative way trying to open up. While they Livan South Bend with their to rescue dogs Truman in buddy the campaign trail often keeps them apart. Unfortunately word we're not going to our home is much and so are. Just passing each other in this kind Chastain says through the craziness of the campaign is husband never let him forget how love T it's. He's really good at that he is really did and it. Taking the time to write out a a little Palmer a little letter he's also deeply reflective. And he'll. Read a story that I completely forgot about it do you remember that time we. You know sat at a cafe in Paris and watch the world go by and I know it's crazy out there right now. You know when your when your far away your missing mean think of that moment. Even before the final votes are tallied. Respects Chastain feels there already victorious. Sabena Pete were not to win the presidency do you feel like there's already been. A substantial shift and change. In that vein in others that you observed for standing on the campaign trail. Yeah I have AC want. Our thanks to Chastain for sitting with us.

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