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Buttigieg discusses risking political career by coming out as gay

Buttigieg, who is openly gay, said he knew his decision to come out while serving as mayor of South Bend, Ind., was potentially going to be “career ending,” but he did it anyway because he “was not interested in not knowing what it was like to be in love any longer.”

“What happened was that I trusted voters to judge me based on the job that I did for them, so they decided to trust me, and reelected me with 80 percent of the vote,” he said.

“And what I learned was that trust can be reciprocated.”

Buttigieg said it’s that trust that is lacking in today’s presidency.

Third Democratic debate: Analysis and fact-checking

Ten Democratic candidates will be on stage Thursday night for the third debate of the presidential primary race. The previous two debates have been held over two nights, but the Democratic National Committee tightened the donor and polling requirements for participation, decreasing the field.

The debate is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern and last three hours. It’s being held in Houston and will be aired on ABC.

On stage will be former vice president Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former congressman Beto O’Rourke; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); businessman Andrew Yang; former HUD secretary Julián Castro; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

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