(AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has blasted Vice President Mike Pence’s cultural and religious conservatism.
But as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg’s tone toward the state’s Republican former governor was more muted.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Few Sprinkles Overnight
The two once had a cordial relationship. Buttigieg presented Pence with a South Bend promotional T-shirt. And at ceremonial events, Pence would lavish Buttigieg with praise.
Their interactions are now under scrutiny as Buttigieg’s campaign has become a surprise hit.READ MORE: Video From Police Shooting That Killed Adam Toledo To Be Released On Thursday, COPA Says
As the openly gay mayor became a celebrated voice for LGBT equality, his rhetoric toward Pence has hardened.
Buttigieg has called Pence’s religious conservatism a “fanatical” ideology. But Pence says Buttigieg “knows better.”MORE NEWS: Five Things We Know About The Adam Toledo Police Shooting Case
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