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 SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president 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."

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He added that some voters would likely say his competitor, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds 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.

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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.”