“I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken. Maybe, if nothing else, I can build that bridge,” Buttigieg said. “Maybe I’ll become in a position to broker that peace deal.”

He may not agree with the company’s opposition to gay marriage, but he emphasized the importance of reaching people with different backgrounds and identities.

“What can we talk about that brings us together? Because I have no clue what it’s like to walk in the shoes of so many other people. But I can talk about some of the pieces of what I carry with me and see if it rhymes with their life experience,” he said. “Good art has that. Good music has that. Good literature has that. … And good politics ought to have that quality too.”