When John Dickerson visited South Bend, Ind., to interview Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, for the April 21 edition of “CBS Sunday Morning,” he asked Chasten when Pete first mentioned the possibility of running for president.
Chasten said it happened “when we were getting ready for bed and I was folding some laundry.”
Buttigieg is now leading in the latest polls in the first two Democratic contests, the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.
In the Iowa caucus, which will be held on February 3, an Iowa State University poll conducted December 12-16 shows Buttigieg with 24 percent followed by Sanders with 21 percent, Warren with 18 percent and Biden with 15 percent. In the New Hampshire primary, which will be held on February 11, a WBUR poll conducted December 3-8 shows Buttigieg with 18 percent, Biden with 17 percent, Sanders with 15 percent and Warren with 12 percent.
Here is the exchange between John Dickerson and Chasten Buttigieg:
John Dickerson: “Chasten, when did the word president come into the household in a serious way?”
Chasten Buttigieg: “I specifically remember a moment when we were getting ready for bed and I was folding some laundry and we were just going over his day, what had happened at his political retreat, and he had mentioned: ‘I’m thinking maybe, you know, about of running for president.’ I remember saying: ‘President! Like for real? You’re really thinking about that?’ And that was last year, late summer, I think, when we really started cooking up the idea.”