‘Women I know feel that is a form of discounting, that they are less likely to win the nomination…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday that there’s a double-standard for male and female candidates.
When asked if he would consider adding a female to his presidential ticket, Hickenlooper said he would, but then asked why none of the Democratic female candidates had been asked whether they would include males on theirs.
“Governor, some of your male competitors have vowed to put a woman on the ticket. Yes or no, would you do the same?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Hickenlooper.
“Of course,” he replied, and then asked, “How come we’re not asking more often the women, ‘Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?’”
After the townhall, Hickenlooper defended his question and said that the media “discounts the chance of a woman winning” by asking men to include women.
“They are never asked that question. Or at least, maybe I have missed it, but women I know feel that is a form of discounting, that they are less likely to win the nomination. That is what I am talking about,” Hickenlooper said. “People can take it out of context.”
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was, however, asked on Sunday whether she would consider choosing a man as her running mate.
“I was wondering, would you consider picking a man for your vice president?” a reporter asked Warren after a town hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
“I want someone who is going to get out there and fight on behalf of working people. That’s what matters most,” Warren replied.
Other progressive candidates, like Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, affirmed that he would choose a woman as his running mate no matter what.
“No matter what, I’m looking you in the eye and saying this: There will be a woman on the ticket. I don’t know if it’s in the vice president’s position or in the president’s position,” Booker recently said at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., took it one step farther in February, saying that he specifically wanted a younger female running-mate.
“I think we would look for somebody who is maybe not of the same gender that I am, and maybe somebody who might be a couple of years younger than me,” he said.