November 1st, 2010
04:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Paladino walks out of interview


(CNN) - Carl Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, cut short a television interview with CNN affiliate WCAX after the reporter repeatedly asked whether recent remarks he made about New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are "sexist."


Filed under: 2010 • Carl Paladino
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Hopefully the voters will walk out on HIM.

    November 1, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. pw

    Boo hoo carl; you are going to lose tomorrow

    November 1, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Respect 2 All

    I am a journalist and I think that this lady (a Dem for sure) was going beyond the line not focusing in the politics but trying to attack this politician for his comment. The journalists and people from media want to show themselves as the smart ones and the ones with the key in their hands. Not everything is a show like the one in Washington last weekend.

    November 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Triple A

    Our dollar can't buy rocks, Unemployment over 10%, Bombs on planes targeted at America, An election on the verge of anarcy, foreclosures at an all time high, crime skyrocketing....and all she can come up with is did you call that girl a girl??? The Left handed media is a joke, they are just as paniced as the Democrats. No wonder why main stream america is pissed. It is over crap such as this.

    November 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. RH

    I am not sure if everyone who has commented has actually LISTENED to the interview but Paladino answered the same question at least twice and then even asked the "little girl" (sorry, I could not help myself) reporter to discuss the issue. She refused ask any other question . . . was she not aware that NY and this country are facing more issues then the use of the term "little girl"? There are two things I can add to this discussion 1. sometimes you cannot reason with children and 2. only a fool argues with a fool . . .

    I create Paladino for not trying to reason with this report who was set on only discussing 1 single non-issue and definitely for not arguing with this foolish "little girl" - he showed a lot of discipline and restraint.

    November 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Tim

    A great example of pretty crappy "journalism with an agenda" right there. After the interviewer asked Mr Paladino essentially the same question 3 times (1 question of which was based on an anonymous party source speculating on a rumor), I would have probably walked out too. The only thing I would have said before leaving is "If it's been rumored around within the party, then I'm not hearing it out here on the campaign trail. Your sources must be more accurate from your comfy cubicle than mine are here working with the public on the campaign trail. What other important issues do you want to talk about?"

    November 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Lola

    Paladino acts like a two-bit bully most of the time. He is constantly making excuses for his crass behavior. Why anyone would vote such a brat into ANY office is beyond me. If he can't handle a soft-voiced, young reporter gently prodding him for a straight answer, he has not chance of surviving in NY politics. The man is pitiful.

    November 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Nathan

    Not from NY but watched a lot of this guy and he likes to wear his emotions on his sleeve. That can be a bad thing and it can be good. Walking out wasn't good for him (I don't think). That said, if you are conservative, you should be prepared for the "interview" to be a heavily pro-Democractic. Especially on CNN or MSNBC. The only exception of course is if you are on Fox (and obviously there Dems should know to keep their guard up).

    November 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. roger tait

    What a set up. She was attacking him and he did the right thing getting away from her. That is not the news that is plain EVIL on part of the female reporter. She should looser her job for being so rude to him.

    November 1, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. ryan

    this guy is rotten. he's not fooling anybody.

    November 1, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Fill

    I don't know if I would vote for him, but that reporter was a novice. If you ask a loaded question like that and actually get an answer, what would you expect to happen if you keep asking it again?

    November 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Gary

    Find it wildly amusing that in an interview about whether he was being sexist, Paladino forgot the female reporter's name and kept calling her Kirsten.

    November 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Alex

    Calling someone a little girl or little boy is not sexist in the context that he made those remarks. Paladino answered her question several times and she kept pressing. She should have moved on after the first answer.

    November 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. ricosu

    I'm a tea partier and we don't care for discussion of the issues. We're right and you're wrong. If it's a perspective I don't like it's because the media support the left wing agenda. If it's something I don't want to happen o r hear or a supposed positive "fact" being circulated in the news it's really a plot: you can't fool me. I know nothing good happens. The world would be better off if we didn't have intelligent women, certain ethnic groups, those pinko commies(anybody left of the John Bircher society) and those awful gays. These scientists think they know so mcuh. Ha! All that education burning the midnight oil and Limbaugh didn't do any of that and look how smart he is. I listen to talk show hosts who never served their country or completed their educations because they're lapel pin patriots and they know more than those idiot elitists like Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, or Harvard grad Larry Summers. I'd sure love to see Glenn Beck rip 'em a new one talking economics. He's make "em look bad, he would!!!!

    November 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. RedneckBabe

    Will he walk off the job like Palin?

    November 1, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. billp

    When the going gets tough, the tough walk out of interviews or quit halfway through their 1st term. Those are the kind of people you want in positions of power.

    November 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. James

    She asked the same question 4 times, he answered 3 times. He was right to move on.

    November 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Sue

    I agree with all the others that think this reporter should be fired immediately. So unprofessional and mean-spirited with such a negative bias instead of asking important and pertinent questions.

    November 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Superhiro

    Regardless of whetther or not he didn't like the question he was being asked, you can't just walk away if you're RUNNING FOR OFFICE. Public office means you have to show your face and answer questions from THE PUBLIC. I don't care how annoying a host is, you don't walk out on an interview.

    November 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Adam

    Democrats are just as guily of doing this, even when it's actually related to the issues. I remember Gov. Patrick of Massachusetts freezing like a deer in the headlights and just walking off stage when he was basically asked how he would do everything he was promising to fix the state. Now that's not answering questions about real issues in my opinion.

    November 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Allison

    I am a Democrat, and thank goodness he wanted to talk about the issues- not his comment- there is too little being addressed in politics today, and a comment as innocuous as "little girl" should be ignored and ask him the hard questions like healthcare, Afganistan, Korea, economy, jobs.... and on and on and on!

    November 1, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I swear, the lamestream media is solely interested in sound bites and sensationalism in order to sell more of their product. They're not interested in the real issues.

    What should he say, that Ms. Gillibrand is Shumer's little BOY? It's too bad he hasn't yet learned the seasoned politician's method of not answering the question asked but answering what you wish was asked. He should have responded, "What I find more important is [issue #1], [issue #2]..."

    November 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. truevicofcrimeofcent

    The Fact That Media Bias Went on Eschelon Repeat Mode And A Human Being Stood Up And Resisted Is The Fact That We Should Be Thanking Stack For Graci Paladino And Never Forget Joe Stack And Pray for The Christian Catholics Who Lost Their Loved Ones Excercising Their Freedom Of Worship Under The New Constituency In Iraq

    November 1, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    She asked the question and he answered it, explained it, and confirmed his answer. This is an example of an amateurish, badgering anchor and nothing else. You don't have to like the guy or vote for him, but come on. He answered her question.

    November 1, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. clydesdale

    Figures, thats the answer isnt it for the repub's, just turn your back and walk away, the "i dont have to take this" kind of attitude wont work for you always, at least if your gonna be an idiot have some balls and face your opposition, being part of the republican problem is unbecoming, tucking your tail and walking away is pathetic.

    November 1, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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