The Edwards campaign said Clinton should not be held to a different standard because of her gender.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – One day after former Sen. John Edwards said that Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton should not be held to a different standard because of her gender, the Edwards campaign unleashed a stinging statement that said Clinton is "disingenuously playing the victim card" by bringing up her gender in recent campaign stops and fundraising emails.
Kate Michelman, the former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and a senior adviser to the Edwards campaign, posted a brief essay about Clinton on Saturday at the liberal group blog OpenLeft.com.
"At one minute the strong woman ready to lead, the next, she's the woman under attack, disingenuously playing the victim card as a means of trying to avoid giving honest, direct answers to legitimate questions," Michelman wrote of Clinton.
On Thursday at Clinton's alma mater, the all-female Wellesley College, the Democratic frontrunner said that "this all-women's college prepared me to compete in the all-boys club of presidential politics." Those comments came after the Clinton campaign accused her rivals of "piling on" during last week's Democratic debate.
Michelman, who endorsed Edwards in January, said that women "know better than to use our gender as a shield when the questions get too hot."
After a campaign event in South Carolina on Friday, Edwards was asked by CNN about Clinton injecting her gender into the presidential dialogue.
"I think that Senator Clinton ought to be held to the same standard that every other presidential candidate is held to," Edwards said. "And that standard is to not engage in double talk. To be straight and honest with people."
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby