Gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show on 11 April.
DeGeneres asked the politician how he thinks to win over those who wanted a female president in 2016.
Gender diversity is crucial
‘I also am disappointed that a woman wasn’t elected president in 2016,’ Buttigieg said.
‘It’s more important than ever, in administrations, in politics, and in every other field, to have gender diversity and gender balance.’
Buttigieg then added: ‘And the next president is going to have to make sure that that administration, at the most senior levels, especially if the next president turns out to be male.’
DeGeneres then asked the politician whether he is considering to choose a female VP should he get the nomination.
‘Sure,’ Buttigieg said.
‘I think it’d be presumptuous now for me to rule anybody in and out since I haven’t got the nomination. What I would say is gender balance, and diversity in general, is going to be extremely important and that starts with the ticket.’
Not ‘interested’ in feuding with Mike Pence
Buttigieg also addressed the controversy with Vice President Mike Pence, explained he doesn’t wish to start a feud with the VP.
It all started when Buttigieg alluded to Mike Pence having a problem with the gay mayor’s sexuality.
From there, the situation escalated quickly, with Pence’s wife Karen weighing in on the controversy and Pence himself replying to Buttigieg.
‘He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally,’ Pence said of Buttigieg to CNBC’s Joe Kernen. ‘And he knows better.’
‘I’m not critical of his faith, I’m critical of bad policies. I don’t have a problem with religion, I’m religious too,’ replied Buttigieg, who’s a devout Episcopalian.
‘I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people. Especially in the LGBTI community, so many people even today feel like they don’t belong. You can get fired in so many parts of this country just for who you are. That’s got to change.’
He the said: ‘If he wanted to clear this up, he could come out today and say he’s changed his mind, that it shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against anybody in this country for who they are. That’s all.’
Pete Buttigieg on his faith
Buttigieg further explained that his own faith has ‘implications for how I behave in the political space’.
However, he is not looking to impose his beliefs on anyone.
‘I think it’s important for anybody who steps into a political process to speak for people of any faith and people of no faith. When I talk about my faith, it’s not because I believe it should be imposed on others.’
The run for presidency
Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out publicly as gay in 2015.
He married his partner, Chasten Glezman, last year in June and then went to his local Pride parade.
On 22 January, he announced he was running for President, as a Democratic candidate.