It seems the media has decided that presidential contender Rand Paul, the libertarian Kentucky senator, has something of a problem dealing with women.
On Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked whether Paul would be able to debate a female opponent like, say, Hillary Clinton, without losing his cool.
“I would treat her with the same respect that I would treat a man, but I wouldn’t lay down and say ‘I’m not going to respond,’” Paul said. “That would be a sexist sort of response, to say, ‘Oh, my goodness, she deserves not to be treated as aggressively because she’s only a woman.’ I would never say that about anybody. I don’t come into our interview thinking, ‘Okay, it’s a woman-versus-man interview.’ I just think she has tough questions, she will ask tough questions, I have to be prepared.”
Paul also fielded questions about his ability to relate with women on “Meet the Press” — watch the clip below for both segments:
This story has been updated.
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