If there’s anything at all striking about Pete Buttigieg, it’s his decency. He’s a down-to-earth, clean-cut, decent person who takes care when he speaks and listens with respect. Indeed, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor has spent much of his presidential campaign making those characteristics the defining feature of his candidacy.
Buttigieg attributes this civility to his faith, promising to represent other voters “guided by a faith tradition.”
"When I’m president you’ll never have to look at the White House and scratch your head and think, 'Whatever happened to, 'I was hungry and you fed me. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Whatever you’ve done to the least of these, you have done to me?''" Buttigieg said at a campaign stop in Iowa on Monday, quoting the words of Jesus according to Matthew 25:35-40.