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We've got breaking news now from the campaign trail New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand responding.
To a story that is not sitting well with critics of senator Harry Reid and sort of Democrat versus Democrat.
This all started yesterday when the senate majority leader referred to Gillibrand as quote.
The hottest member of the senate.
Gillibrand today after some articles came out questioning the use of that word to describe her -- it and argue we sexist way.
She comes out today say she has the utmost respect for Harry Reid.
That responds angering some feminists who called Reid's latest verbal gaffe downright inappropriate.
She moved me the democratic strategist and former president of women's media center you -- you think that -- is sexist.
-- -- -- -- -- Well clearly this is not the first time that senator Reid has put his foot in his mouth and I think we saw when he made his statements about President Obama the type of outrage from the media from politicians.
From the general public.
And he he -- President Obama as is as a light -- and without negro dialect -- and that was clearly.
You know push some buttons and outrage people but.
This statement has has not I think risen to that level of visibility because sexism.
It's only if it's so normalized that so pervasive that he felt comfortable.
In front of this room in front of this if you very intelligent senator who has been leading the party on open chance Foreman and a transparency.
In government doing everything that the DF CC has -- for.
And the first thing that he could you know credit her with is being hot -- -- -- sexist absolutely not acceptable.
Those who in the rose said so the reason -- -- -- -- red they said the reason it it really jumped out of -- is because of the contrast between how we spoke about.
Senator Chuck Schumer who apparently does not think it's hot.
-- talked about how he could run for governor -- all these great things.
And then to Gillibrand in the first thing it is Mathis.
And she's hot she's the hottest -- that's how we refer to -- this is the quote many senators are known for many things.
According to a source who heard him we in the senate refer to senator Gillibrand as the hottest member but then -- office wanted -- to point out.
That he went on to discuss her knowledge of securities laws extremely deep and suggested she was better at certain policy items than others does that soften it.
No I don't think it does he clearly led when he was talking about senator -- with.
Policy and his political expertise and and the substance of who this man is as a senator but when it came to senator Gillibrand.
He led with a statement about her appearance and that statement in another itself.
Girls who aspire to political leadership.
It makes them think twice about going Intel based on the -- has to be hot in order to get -- that won't get to a position don't wanna be they they don't wanna be questioned under trust I think on those issues.
Given on this edition of some people left -- in interviews you know magazines like anything whether I get offended when people refer to -- -- hot or people coming up my looks.
In I I don't get offended by that -- I still think that's a compliment.
Is there a difference when it's coming from.
Your colleague it's one -- to sort of have some media writers say batters of viewers say that.
The last coming from a colleague who's tried a shot as you up professionally in front of a group of other colleagues.
Absolutely different and it's something that unfortunately many women candidates have to deal with.
Across the country it's not just senator Gillibrand.
And it's not just found you know colleagues since it's from the media women elected officials and candidates running for office are cheated.
At a different standard and I think it's really time that we in the media and so this is great that we're having this conversation -- because this story has kind of gone under the radar.
And it shouldn't it it should be front and center.
For women to stand up and say this is unacceptable -- you are you we agree with you on your policies but this type of -- of a senator of children's status.
He's not apologizing he sees and apparently he's just wanting us to point out but he also said she was smart -- -- pre pay some of her policies but.
What does -- tell you.
About Harry Reid that he even went there does that mean he's -- -- incendiary things as you point out the stuff about President Obama he just referred to Chris -- Delaware the democratic candidate against Christine O'Donnell as.
And now he says you know exit points out that she's hot he says he did that because she made the hills which is that DC publication most beautiful list but.
What does that tell you about and -- -- that's -- the way he thinks that's where he went.
Well I think he clearly has a problem and of making gaffes the since it's not a surprise that he would make a statement that upsets people.
But at the end of the day when people were upset about the comment about President Obama.
He addressed it in a very serious way he adjusted and apologized but we haven't seen that and that bigger deal.
According to people who comment on these things right they get much more upset when you say something that could be perceived as racist.
Well do it when you say -- they expect to see his ideas as Katy Perry has said -- -- time for sexism to be as repugnant as racism.
It's not an either or equation but both of them are absolutely have no place in the political discourse and unfortunately.
Harry Reid has shown that he he can respond when it comes to a -- a statement.
-- make a sexist statement he's comfortable with -- his.
His spokesman is comfortable in making jokes about it and so unfortunately.
It's showing just how pervasive sexism is -- -- health of people who are out there now the guys who are watching this help Harry -- out.
It's okay for seven from men to remark on women's attractiveness at at times writes nothing they can never comment on that.
What forums is it okay in in what form is it not okay and why it's clearly not.
Okay in a political.
About your senate colleague.
About a race that is so important to the American people.
When she has an opponent who wants to dismantle Social Security there are other points that senator Reid can be making.
And talking about what she's -- to the United States senate that's not appropriate at all it's not appropriate in the debate it's not appropriate when.
Media analysts are talking about candidates.
Yeah okay maybe you can talk about how someone looks over dinner and in -- those types of environments but in a professional environment the type of scrutiny that women come under.
Especially when it comes to women running for office yes this is what stops women from getting and that Heidi.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Isn't he hot you know like -- so -- -- attractive.
And smart to.
I -- -- messages and it's an interesting conversation you know I hope we'll get to the point where men are no longer allowed to college attractive because that's nice yeah let's face it but it depends.
And the setting the context in which is sent to hopefully they'll talk about the substance instead be nice Thanksgiving.
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