Photo by Elise Amendola/AP/Shutterstock

Klobuchar: Women Presidential Candidates Are Held to ‘Different Standard’ Than Men

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 presidential hopeful, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that female candidates are held to a “different standard” than men.

Klobuchar was talking to Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” when she brought up South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. She told Tapper that she and the other women running for president, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson would not be “standing on that stage if we had the [same] experience” as Buttigieg. 

“I’m the one from the Midwest that has actually won in a statewide race over and over again,” Klobuchar said in the interview. “I also am someone that has passed multiple bills as a lead Democrat, important bills in Washington, D.C. He’s had a different experience.”

Related Article: First All-Female Spacewalk: ‘One giant leap for WOMANkind!’

These comments echo what Klobuchar said back in June when she said: “I don’t think people would take us seriously.”

Last weekend during Buttigieg’s three-day campaigning bus tour through Indiana, he was asked if a woman with his exact same experience would be given the same consideration. He said he didn’t know.

“I’ll say that if a female mayor from my generation from the industrial Midwest with the message and vision that I am putting forward and a war record and all the rest of it emerged, I would have thought twice about whether to compete with her or whether to just support her campaign,” Buttigieg said, according to CNN.

Buttigieg did acknowledge sexism in politics on Monday.

“I think, obviously, sexism is a force in politics,” he said. “I also believe that I’ve gotten to where we’ve gotten to by having the right message, the right organization, reaching out to voters and convincing more and more of them to join this vision. And if I can continue to do that, then we’ll win, and if I can’t, well, that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Latest News

woke politics

Republicans Launch a War on ‘Woke’ Politics in Hopes of Big Legislative Wins in 2022

In 2020, former President Barack Obama warned that the phrase “Defund the Police” could become a dangerous rallying cry for the conservative right. But now, Republicans have apparently taken that warning one step further, declaring war on all things “woke.” Allan Smith and Sahil Kapur of NBC News wrote that…

women in politics

Women Remain Vastly Underrepresented in Local Government, Despite Conventional Wisdom Suggesting Otherwise

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sat behind President Biden during his first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28 — representing the first time two women held such important and high-ranking political offices. Even after such a historic moment, the reality…

voter restriction

Florida Follows Georgia’s Lead, Approves Racist Anti-Voter Restrictions Aimed Primarily at Democrats and People of Color

Not content with letting Georgia be the only state in the South demonized for its bigoted and racist attacks on voter rights, Florida has jumped into the fray in issuing its own series of new and highly controversial “Jim Crow-esque” anti-voting restrictions aimed specifically at disenfranchising Democrats and voters of…

Kentucky Derby

Inspired by Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death, Humana and Kentucky Derby Festival Launch Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Louisville

Ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1, Kentucky Derby officials and Humana (No. 25 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020) have announced a new equity initiative meant to make the race more accessible and welcoming to everyone, regardless of race, gender, age…

crimes against human ity

‘Crime Against Humanity’; Global Report Says the US Should Be Prosecuted in International Criminal Court for Ongoing Police Murders of Black Americans

In what has been described as a “devastating” report, human rights experts and lawyers have investigated and released a 188-page analysis of the ongoing police brutality and killing of Black Americans in the U.S. Their verdict: the country is guilty of “crimes against humanity” and should be prosecuted for its…

Tokyo, Olympics

Tokyo Olympics to Encourage Significant Increase in Gender Equality Among Event’s Corporate Sponsors

Besides simply being a showcase for some of the most talented and athletic men and women on the planet, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are hoping their event this summer can also help promote significant change in corporate culture, both in Japan and around the globe. Bloomberg’s Ayai Tomisawa…