On The Trail With Pete Buttigieg: 'Love That Motivates'

May 21, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says his generation is positioned to find and to build unity through diversity. The 37-year-old military veteran, who is a two-term mayor of South Bend, Ind., often speaks on the campaign trail about his faith and his marriage to his husband, Chasten. 

"Precisely because we are the most diverse, we might be the generation best positioned to bring a kind of American unity that we haven't had in a long time," he says. "And there's not a moment too soon because we have a White House that specializes in dividing us and finding all of the different ways to pit one group of Americans against another."

Buttigieg was interviewed for the NPR Politics Podcast with Iowa Public Radio. The series is produced in collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio.  

This interview was conducted by NPR's Tamara Keith and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters.

The podcast interviewers asked Buttigieg to elaborate on his remarks back in April about his faith and how his marriage to Chasten moved him closer to God. He responded, in part:

"The kind of love that motivates and animates. The kind of sacrifice, and the kind of humility, and the kind of reaching out to others that I believe my faith calls on me to do. And that that is the way to be nearer to God. And my marriage has done that for me, because there's a person in my life who I learned to care about more than I care about myself."

Listen to the full episode above.