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Kevin Hardy, Des Moines Register Published 3:51 p.m. CT March 2, 2019

WATERLOO, Ia. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized Vice President Mike Pence Saturday morning, saying he is not a decent man because of his stance on LGBTQ rights.

Following a campaign event at Waterloo's Central Middle School, a reporter asked Warren if she agreed with former Vice President Joe Biden's recent defense of Pence after the sitting veep received a cool reception at a foreign policy summit in Munich. Speaking to a crowd in Omaha on Thursday, Biden characterized Pence as a "decent guy."

"You don’t think the vice president is a decent man?" the reporter pressed.

"No," Warren said.

Aside from criticizing the current administration, Warren drew a distinction with a potential rival for the Democratic nomination for president: Biden last week said he was very close to deciding whether to join the crowded race of candidates seeking to boot President Donald Trump from office.

Pence has long been criticized for his views on gay rights and his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign last year launched a campaign to highlight Pence's record on issues important to the LGBTQ community, calling him "one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement."

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a "religious freedom" law that critics said permitted discrimination against gay men and women. Last year, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon objected to Pence leading the U.S.
delegation at the Olympics over the question of whether the vice president previously supported "conversion therapy"(Pence’s office maintains that he’s been “abundantly clear” that he’s never supported that practice).
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Karen Pence, the second lady, returned to teaching in January at a suburban Virginia school that bans LBGT employees, gay students and the children of gay parents.

Warren's criticism Saturday wasn't reserved for just the vice president. The reporter questioning her went on to ask if she viewed anyone inside the Trump administration as decent.

"It’s a tough question," Warren said.

She noted that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller has produced 34 indictments or guilty pleas from people in Trump's orbit. She also noted that multiple cabinet members have left — some amid scandal — since the president took office in January 2017.

"This is the most corrupt administration in living memory," she said. "That’s why we’ve got to be in this fight.
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