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Pete Buttigieg Calls Out to Kids Who Are Different In Exit Speech

Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg, who made it further in the presidential race than any gay candidate before, exited the race following a fourth-place showing in South Carolina. 

History-making candidate Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential campaign Sunday afternoon. Shortly after, he delivered a speech in his hometown of South Bend, Ind. in which he spoke about the impact of becoming the first gay candidate to get as far as he did in a race for the presidency.

"We sent a message to every kid out there wondering if whatever marks them out as different means they are somehow destined to be less than, someone who once felt that exact same way can become a leading American presidential candidate with his husband at his side," Buttigieg said to a cheering crowd in a speech that followed an embrace and a kiss with his husband Chasten Buttigieg.

The move to drop out came after finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, which overwhelmingly went to Joe Biden.

"The truth is the path has narrowed to a close," Buttigieg told the crowd in South Bend. "Therefore, it's time for him to step aside."

Watch the full speech below.

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