Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Marries Couple Right Before Their Child is Born

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, joined two lives Monday morning just before another was born — all before 10 a.m.

Buttigieg had finished his morning run and got to his office early on Monday to scan the news and respond to text messages. But a couple, Gabe and Mary, met him when he got off the elevator and said he was the guy they were looking for. They told the mayor they had an appointment to have their baby that morning, via cesarean section, and asked Buttigieg if he could marry them before they went to the hospital.

"Obviously there's only one answer to that question," Buttigieg wrote when he posted about the encounter on social media. "I corralled a few staff members as they were trickling into the office, to serve as witnesses, and filled out the paperwork. Their rings weren't ready, so one of my colleagues found a ribbon that would do the trick."

Buttigieg performed the ceremony and the couple left with enough time to make their appointment.

"A few moments ago, they sent Mark in my office this photo of Gabe with young Jade Katherine Jones, South Bend's newest resident," Buttigieg said."It's moments like this that I'll miss when my term as mayor comes to an end."

Congratulations to the newlyweds and new parents, and welcome, Jade, to this unlikely and lovely world!"

Pete Buttigieg ran into a couple at his office in South Bend this morning and officiated their wedding on the spot because they wanted to get married before their c-section appointment 45 minutes later

— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) April 1, 2019

Buttigieg, serving his second term as South Bend's mayor, announced an exploratory committee for president in January. Though he has yet to officially start his campaign, the 37-year-old has raised 7 million dollars in the first quarter of 2019, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Buttigieg, who is openly gay, previously drew praise following his comments on fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-a during an interview on "The Breakfast Club" podcast.

"I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken," Buttigieg said of the restaurant which allegedly supports Anti-LGBTQ organizations. "So maybe if nothing else I can build that bridge. Maybe I will become in a position to broker that peace deal."

If elected, Buttigieg would become the youngest president in American history, as well as the first openly gay president. A poll conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal and published on Monday indicated that 68 percent of all voters polled were either enthusiatstic or very comfortable about a gay candidate being elected to the White House.

The former Navy lieutenant has risen to as high as third in some national polls behind former Vice President Joe Biden — who hasn't yet declared a campaign, but is rumored to announce in the coming weeks — and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. On average among polls, Buttigieg still trails Beto O'Rourke, who sits at third in most polls, and has jockeyed into a race with Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, all of whom have single-digit approval.