Sanders says gender 'still an obstacle' for female politicians

Sanders says gender 'still an obstacle' for female politicians
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (I-Vt.) said sexism remains a major obstacle for female candidates on the campaign trail but added that other factors such as age could also be a disadvantage for candidates.

Asked during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio if gender is "still an obstacle," Sanders responded, "The answer is yes."

But he noted that "everybody has their own sets of problems. I’m 78 years of age. That’s a problem."


He added that some voters would likely say his competitor, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in protest Buttigieg is blazing trails for LGBTQ equality MORE was too young for the job.

“I would just hope, very much, that the American people look at the totality of a candidate, not at their gender, at their sexuality, but at everything,” Sanders added.

The interview comes in the wake of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.) claiming Sanders privately told her he did not believe a woman could be elected president. Sanders has vehemently denied making the comment, and shortly after Warren made the claim, a 1988 clip emerged of Sanders saying he believed a woman could be elected president.


Sanders addressed the claim in the same interview, saying, “I don’t want to get into it anymore other than to say I’ve always believed and I believe today that a woman can be elected president of the United States.”

“The world has changed, and to those people who think that a woman cannot be elected, you’re dead wrong,” he added.

Asked about Sanders’s comments, specifically pertaining to his own age as a disadvantage, Warren responded, “I have no further comment on this. ... I have been friends with Bernie for a long time.”