ABC's Raddatz dismisses Pence 'mansplaining' to Harris: 'She should be able to stand up for herself'

ABC's Martha Raddatz dismissed a charge by some left-leaning pundits that Vice President Pence engaged in "mansplaining" with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) at Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, with the veteran correspondent arguing that the Democratic nominee "should be able to stand up for herself."

"A lot of people were noticing some mansplaining going on tonight," noted ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus Infectious disease expert calls White House advisers herd immunity claims 'pseudoscience' MORE in post-debate coverage, apparently referring to chatter on social media.

“When I hear people talk about mansplaining, and talk about these things with Kamala Harris, and a man shouldn’t interrupt her, and it’s going to look bad,” Raddatz replied. “Kamala Harris is a vice presidential candidate, she should be able to stand up for herself.”


“Yes, it’s history-making; yes, you can talk about her history and who she is and she’s a woman of color there,” she added. "But a man can interrupt another vice presidential candidate. It is up to that candidate to talk back, to interrupt themselves, or to hold on to that debate in any way they could.”

Overall, Harris spoke for 38 minutes and 48 seconds, while Pence spoke for 35 minutes and 22 seconds, according to ABC News.

The mansplaining narrative was a popular topic among some media members on Twitter Tuesday night, with some sharing Raddatz's sentiment and others arguing Pence engaged in such behavior.