January 21st, 2010
07:33 PM ET
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Specter to Bachmann: 'Act like a lady'

Rep. Michele Bachmann was told to 'act like a lady' by Sen. Arlen Specter on Wednesday.
Rep. Michele Bachmann was told to 'act like a lady' by Sen. Arlen Specter on Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - A heated political debate and charges of sexism erupted on Philadelphia talk radio Wednesday when Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, told Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, to "act like a lady."

Specter and Bachmann appeared on WPHT radio to discuss the what President Obama has accomplished in his first year in office. When Specter began to respond to Bachmann's claim that Scott Brown's special election victory in Massachusetts was a repudiation of the Obama administration's policies, Bachmann interjected - to the clear frustration of the longtime Senator.

"I didn't interrupt you," Specter said. "This is beginning to sound like a TV talk show."

When Bachmann interrupted again, Specter angrily responded. "Now wait a minute, I'll stop and you can talk," he said. "I'll treat you like a lady, so act like one."

"I am a lady," Bachmann retorted.

She again interrupted Specter later in the interview. And again, Specter told her to "act like a lady." Bachmann one more time confirmed that she is a lady.

"Well I think you are too, that's why I'm treating you like one," Specter said. "But just don't interrupt me."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is hoping to defeat Specter this November if he survives a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak, seized on the comment

"Instead of belittling his female colleagues, Arlen Specter should take his own advice and act like a gentleman," said NRSC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand. She said that the five-term Senator would be held accountable by women in his state "if he makes it to the General Election in November."

Calls to both the Specter and Bachmann press offices were not immediately returned.


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  1. Donald, Cameron, NC

    Its about time someone put her in her place!

    Has all decency left TV/Radio?

    You can't watch/listen to anything on TV/Radio without both sides trying to upstage one another, continuously interrupt each other, or outright lie about their facts.

    No wonder Congress has such a low rating! They can perform their jobs to any level of competency, much less treat others with any respect! Hell, they treat us the same way!!

    January 21, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. LA lady

    Spector should have said, " act like a human." whether we like o rnot, we need to learn how to listen each other...when one gets air time, it's the other's turn.

    January 21, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. cat daniel

    Oh, he is just an old Southern geezer not used to debating an intelligent articulate woman. He is used to the good old boys network.

    January 21, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. jimmm

    Bachman is no lady

    January 21, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. OK

    The party that claims to be the voice for minorities and feminists sure has revealing its true hatred for both groups lately...

    January 21, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Willow, IN

    Where should I start?

    She's a teabagging, tin-foil wearing, birther, deather, albatross. She is a boil on the butt of humankind and a blood-sucking leech on all decent people. Other than that, I don't have any comment.

    January 21, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. unemployed by Obama

    Independent to Specter, STFU and why dont you act like a turn coat crook, oh wait you are one , just another lying traitor.

    January 21, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Karen in Charlotte

    I'm a democrat. Spector was being disrespectful. So was Bachmann. Civility is dead.

    January 21, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. AnRa

    Michelle Bachmann is another replicrazy. It is scary that these are the people that the Republicans want to represent them. She makes me sad and worried about where this country will go with these nasty people in key positions.

    January 21, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. jer

    GOOD! Why is this sexist? She is rude and obnoxious. This is no different than saying "Act like a gentleman".

    January 21, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Get it right

    Nicely done Specter. Bachman is a huge B, needs to be put in her place.

    January 21, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Snarky feminist from SC

    Arlen Specter was within his rights to request that Bachmann "act like a lady" & was not belittling her. If someone had suggested that Joe Wilson "act like a gentleman" they'd never have been accused of belittling him! And he sure would not have made a liar of Southern hospitality if he had shown some manners. But he is praised by his two-faced supporters

    January 21, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. LoveThyNeighbor

    I truly think that Spector was being gracious. Older people DO have more wisdom, therefore I pay attention to anyone that has been here longer than myself. Bachman appears to me as someone who has been spawned within the last 30 years (being born around the early 80's) would act. It is REFRESHING to know that someone out there, in the public eye, is still a gentleman and "tries" to "educate" this younger society in manners! When the people in their 20's & 30's get to be OUR age, (40's & 60's), they will find the truth behind "when I was your age..." I can only hope and pray that the X>Y>Z Generation, or whatever the term is now, will "police" themselves and hold some respect for common courtesy. For Humans sake, lets' all try to get rid of the "what-can-you-do-for-me" attitude and help others! May you be blessed. Sam

    January 21, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Mike

    Well, doesn't he have a point? Interrupting someone is not very lady-like. Would people be upset of Specter were doing the interrupting and Bachmann told him to act like a gentleman? No way.

    January 21, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Susan

    Michele Bachmann, the "Wicked Witch of the Midwest", is NO LADY! What Senator Specter should have requested was for her to act like an adult, but in her case, that's an impossibility - she's truly a crackpot!

    January 21, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. Larry Kraus

    Bachmann doesn't know any better she just spouts a car load of crap and hopes something she say's sticks. for the life of me i can't understand how she gets elected time and time again. the people she represents must really like her because as far as i can see she is just plain embarrassing. i would never admit that she represents me.

    January 21, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Brian in California

    "Instead of belittling his female colleagues, Arlen Specter should take his own advice and act like a gentleman," said NRSC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand"

    Apparently, Ms. Marchand needs to be reminded of who interrupted who. Sounds like Specter WAS acting civil until Bachmann continually interrupted like she was on one of her Faux News shows.

    January 21, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Donald in CA

    You have to be a lady to act like a lady. michele bachmann is a total idiot and the right wing love her. But this country seem to love a idiot, they are taking over.

    January 21, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Steve

    She's rude. Like that loudmouth that interrupted the President's speech.

    January 21, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. NO...

    HA !!! That female has not a LADIES bone in her body... I guess Arlan found that out. She only has a mouth that erupts on both ends...

    January 21, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. jerseylou

    Maybe she wants to be a man,so treat her like one.That's the only way this knuckle dragger will get the message!

    January 21, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Michelle Bachman has got to go! Minnesota, come November, please take care of this clown you have as a pretend lawmaker. Vote her out of office.

    January 21, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Will S

    She sounds pretty rude.

    January 21, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Darth Cheney

    It is clearly sexist, as Michelle Bachmann is an insult to ladies everywhere...

    January 21, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    She's a loud mouthed jerk.

    January 21, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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