CNN Panel Dings Hickenlooper For Saying He Doesn’t Care Whether His Running Mate is Female: ‘That’s Not the World We Live In’
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper‘s comments about female running mates didn’t go over well with a CNN panel Friday, as the 2020 presidential hopeful was criticized for saying the gender of running mates shouldn’t be the deciding factor for whether they are chosen by a candidate.
“Governor, some of your male competitors have vowed to put a woman on the ticket. Yes or no, would you do the same?” he was asked at last night’s CNN town hall, to which he responded with his own question: “How comes we’re not asking more often the women, would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?”
CNN’s John King, attempting to make sense of Hickenlooper’s comments, suggested the candidate’s view of the world may be too narrow-minded and unrealistic.
“His point was, why do we have to have this conversation? Why aren’t we past that. Men and women should have equal chances of being President,” said King. “That’s his take, or at least an explanation of what he was trying to say, but that’s not the world we live in, right?”
BuzzFeed White House reporter Tarini Parti described Hickenlooper’s comments as just one of a “series of missteps” since he announced running for president; another was when he refused to say he was a capitalist during an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. King pointed out Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) were asked the same question. Booker vowed to have a woman on his ticket.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny played devil’s advocate in the discussion, saying it was altogether “super premature” for Democratic candidates to have to answer regarding running mates this early in the game. He also said that regardless, presidential candidates should pick the “most qualified for the job” instead of playing to the “gymnastics” of identity politics.
“It’s just an after-effect of the Hillary Clinton loss in 2016,” he said. “There are so many women voters and others out there who saw that as a lost opportunity, a missed opportunity, that is in the atmosphere, the #MeToo movement on top of that.”
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