CNN honors Feinstein, Chao as ‘badass women of Washington’

CNN honors Feinstein, Chao as ‘badass women of Washington’

CNN is celebrating Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (D-Calif.) and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as "badass woman of Washington.”

The pair are the first women in a series that was originally conceived earlier this year after CNN’s Dana Bash, Abigail Crutchfield and Rachel Smolkin "wondered what Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE's loss meant for women" over lunch. 

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"Our answer: Women are already breaking barriers in a man's town, muscling their way into power and staying there. Their stories show there are Badass Women all around Washington,” the story reads. 

Feinstein's profile tracks her life story through her rise in politics to eventually becoming a mayor of San Francisco and a U.S. senator in 1992. 

Bash asked Feinstein why she never ran for president. 

"I don't know. I felt I'd never be elected. See, look how hard it is, look at Hillary [Clinton]. I mean, look at what she's gone through," Feinstein responded "wistfully," as Bash described it. 

Bash also talked about Feinstein's birthday coming up. 

“It is hard to believe that Feinstein is now the oldest member of the US Senate — she turns 84 on June 22," the story says. 

When I told her people would be shocked to learn this, she smiled with an uncharacteristic sheepish grin. 

"Don't rub it in," she joked. "It's what I'm meant to do, as long as the old bean holds up," she said, putting her finger on her temple.

In Bash's conversation with Chao, the Taiwan-born 64-year-old who also served in the Reagan and both Bush administrations says she felt more pressure to succeed given her Asian heritage. 

"I was really scared that I would not be able to catch on, latch on to mainstream America. I wouldn't be able to find a job. I couldn't — I couldn't make anything of myself. I'd be a disgrace to my family," Chao said.

Chao also reveals what's it's like to be married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (R-Ky.). 

"I call him my low-maintenance husband. He does his own laundry and he cooks," she says. 

"He does mine too sometimes," she said, referring to the laundry. 

"He's really good," she added about his cooking. "And he's really considerate," she continued, "and he's really very thoughtful. So, life with him, you know, is very easy that way."

In addition to Feinstein and Chao, the series will profile Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Top Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter Dem lawmaker calls on House to subpoena American translator from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (D-N.H.), Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerForcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Governors criticize Trump move on pre-existing conditions GOP lawmaker looks to address racial disparities in maternal mortality rates MORE (R-Wash.) and Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West.