Hillary Clinton hurting Obama's effort to woo women voters?
Controversial comments by secretary of state
- Duration 5:37
- Date Oct 19, 2012
Controversial comments by secretary of state
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As you probably know they make up more than 50% of the electoral electorate.
Women voters they are the key to victory for both president Obama and governor Romney.
The president was handily winning women's support the -- said until the first debate.
Now governor Romney has -- virtually closed the gap with the president among women.
Meanwhile there are questions about whether that group that the president won four years ago could be alienated by new comments from Hillary Clinton.
His secretary of state giving up magazine interview -- saying this about women who are unhappy with the work and family choices they made in life and feel trapped quote.
I can't stand Hillary says whining I can't stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they're not happy with the choices they've made.
You live -- a time when there are endless choices.
Money certainly helps and having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way but you don't even have to have money for it.
But you have to work on yourself.
Fox News contributor -- -- Ganske is a former political advisor to democratic senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
We're -- each lap is a former spokeswoman for president George W.
Bush let's get a fair and balanced debate under -- Julie.
Are you offended by what Secretary Clinton had to say about women and whining.
You know when I first read this I was -- tonight I thought this isn't selling Hillary Clinton she's been the biggest promoter -- women and women's choices and and yes.
Taken on its face -- -- what you -- is very offensive benefit a little research and it turns out what the Clinton folks are saying.
That she wasn't talking about women she was actually responding to a question about catcher in the rye.
And about the protagonist holding call -- field was not a woman is a young boy.
And catcher in the -- who frankly -- average catcher in the right body was kind of a big Weiner.
And that's issue says she claims she was referring to she says she was not referring to women at all and I hope that's right because if she was referring to women I frankly was offended by that.
Look it's helpful obviously -- to be able to have choices but a lot of women out there are trapped they don't have choices are single moms they're trying to make ends meet.
And obviously she was referring to women I I would find that offensive but she claims she was not she claims to -- to catcher in the -- There was a former director of policy planning at the State Department named Dan Marie slaughter who wrote a piece in the Atlantic.
Got a lot of attention over the summer.
It was titled why women still can't have it all and and Marie slaughter wrote about how.
She felt that she couldn't do this high level job at the State Department and still take care of her two teenage boys.
So she left the State Department job she's now Princeton University professor.
But a lot of people.
Thought the fact.
What Mercedes with some kind of a -- -- -- that that Hillary Clinton was was answering.
Some column from.
-- and Marie slaughter I'm -- Everybody says that's not the case but but this thing comes up now and it it just seems a little bit too convenient.
Right well I mean her Hillary's comments came out all -- -- it's not helpful when you're trying to raise kids deal with the work environment especially nowadays when -- saying that.
That is that right now there's analyst choices we know that under President Obama we've seen women suffer tremendously.
-- -- we've seen over 500000.
More women unemployed there's less choices for women.
And they're struggling every day trying to figure out how -- gonna have raised their families.
And some of them are just stuck in -- low paying job and they don't find the hole that they were looking for in terms of moving up.
So I think that absolutely Hillary Clinton's comments were very offensive and regardless -- how they you know they came out and it and it just doesn't help President Obama.
Julie let me read you some more of this quote from Secretary Clinton have it -- doesn't sound like she's talking about catcher in the -- she says she goes on to say in this Marie Claire -- some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work getting these jobs.
Other women don't break a sweat they have 456 kids they're highly organized they have -- very supportive networks that sounds like it's about women.
Well look it's it's -- speed -- larger issue women you can.
She's right in the following sense I I have a full time job I have a four month old baby at home there's tremendous guilt associated with leaving the baby I think any women would agree with this that -- to work.
Leaving the baby at home and having to work look I'm lucky not to be able to do that I'm lucky enough to have the choice to do that.
I don't have a choice of staying home some women have the financial where with all they can stay home -- their children others don't have that choice.
And I think that's what she was referring to some women are able to do than others are not some women are comfortable doing that.
Other women are knots and I don't think it's for me for Hillary Clinton.
For any other women to judge the choices that other women make ever because none of us is in the shoes of other women.
The bigger question I guess the big picture question Mercedes some some seem to suggest that you know abortion rights and that kind of thing RV big issue for women it doesn't seem to be the case right now.
I I agree I think -- asked to pull your starting to see that the economy is the big issue.
And I think that when we saw governor Romney in the last debate say we shouldn't saddle I mean women should not settle for a mediocre president.
And I think at this point women are -- looking for solutions to the economy.
They're looking for their opportunities to advance in their careers and be able to find that balance between their families.
And their jobs and I think that governor Romney has a much better plan to help get women out of poverty -- talking that the poverty rate for women is over 16%.
The record high that we seen under that the past seventeen years -- Mercedes -- lap and Julie -- ski.
Thanks thank you.