Harris slams Pence for saying he won’t have meetings alone with women


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Thursday slammed Vice President Pence for having said he would not dine alone with women, calling it “outrageous.”

In a brief interview with MSNBC, the 2020 presidential candidate was asked what she thought about Pence.

“I disagree with him when he suggests it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself,” she said. “I think that’s ridiculous — the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States is outrageous.”

Harris was referring to comments Pence made to The Hill in 2002, in which he said he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife. The comments were later resurfaced by The Washington Post in 2017, sparking a furor. 

{mosads}Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary, quickly responding to Harris in a post on Twitter, knocking her for “repeating this false claim.”

“He’s elevated women to positions of leadership throughout his career & relies on their advice & counsel,” Farah wrote. “Get your facts straight.”

Harris’s comments regarding Pence were prompted by MSNBC host Peter Alexander asking for her take on fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) saying Pence is not an “honorable person.”

“I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for, when he makes decisions about our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn’t understand that they should be entitled to full equality and all rights under the law as any other American,” Harris said in response.

Pence, a devout and outspoken Christian, previously opposed same-sex marriage and is not viewed as an advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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