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 SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw 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 ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA 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.”