November 20, 2019 - Klobuchar Addresses Electability Doubts and Gendered Standards


Asked in the fifth Democratic presidential debate about her comments about Buttigieg being held to lower standards on qualifications than the women in the race, Klobuchar responds: “First of all, I’ve made very clear I think that Pete is qualified to be up on this stage, and I am honored to be standing next to him. But what I said was true. Women are held to a higher standard. Otherwise, we could play a game called name your favorite woman president, which we can’t do, because it has all been men. And including all vice presidents being men. And I think any working woman out there, any woman that’s at home knows exactly what I mean. We have to work harder, and that’s a fact.” She goes on to challenge the gendered expectations of what/who is presidential by adding: “I don’t think you have to be the tallest person on this stage to be president. I don’t think you have to be the skinniest person. I don’t think you have the loudest voice on this stage. I don’t think that means that you will be the one that should be president. I think what matters is if you’re smart, if you’re competent, and if you get things done.” Finally, challenging the doubts that a woman could win the presidency, she says, “If you think a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi does it every day.”