Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, visited Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday, and then had lunch with the former president.
Carter invited Buttigieg to stand and read from the Bible to those attending the class at Maranatha Baptist Church in south Georgia, the Associated Press reported.
In an apparently jocular reference to Buttigieg, the report said Carter at one point elicited laughter from the crowd when he said, “You know him?”
Buttigieg’s visit was unnanounced and some questioned who he was when he entered the room. In response, one attendee reportedly said, “Mayor Pete, the guy running for president.”
In a tweet after their meeting, Buttigieg said, “I was humbled to meet with President Carter in Plains, Georgia today. He is a true public servant and America is blessed for his continuing leadership.”
Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, in a separate tweet said the two had “a lovely visit” to Plains.
Buttigieg in the past several months has gone from being relatively unknown to among the most serious contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, garnerning non-stop media attention as he’s climbed up the polls.
The South Bend mayor, who an openly gay and an Episcopalian Christian, has often discussed his faith along the campaign trail — at one pointing taking a jab at Vice President Mike Pence’s anti-LGBTQ stances and rhetoric.
Buttigieg has also faced anti-gay heckling as he’s campaigned, but has shrugged it off.