Pelosi says senator's comment 'disrespectful to women'
October 9th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
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Pelosi says senator's comment 'disrespectful to women'

(CNN) -– House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that comments made by Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown about a Democratic rival showed a “disrespect for women.”

Brown made the remarks Thursday, when asked about candidate Elizabeth Warren’s statement that she had “kept her clothes on” while paying for college. Warren was making reference to a nearly nude 1982 Cosmopolitan magazine photo shoot that Brown did to earn money at age 22.

When asked about the comment during a radio interview with WZLX in Boston, Brown said only, "Thank God.”

Pelosi said Sunday on the ABC program “This Week” that the comment was disrespectful.

“The response you just gave, 'Thank God,' really, I thought spoke volumes about how clueless Senator Brown is,” Pelosi said. “It really spoke volumes about, really, disrespect for women that he may not even realize. I bet you he'd like to take that comment back.”

Pelosi acknowledged that the comment was likely meant to be a joke, but maintained that it was still revealing of Brown’s character.

“I hope it's joke-y. And if it is, then hopefully he will take that comment back. But women know. They hear a comment like that, it tells you a lot about somebody,” Pelosi said.


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Nancy Pelosi • Scott Brown
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. alan biloski

    Pelosi should be in JAIL for the damage she has caused to the USA - how dare she pose such a cheap political shot. RESIGN NOW!!!!

    October 9, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Oh get a grip Nancy, you don't speak for all women and you certainly don't speak for me. I'm FAR more offended with how you've conducted yourself in your job than I am about a silly joke. I hoped YOU were kidding when you said that unemployment benefits create jobs, but you weren't. Did you want to take that comment back? I'd rather have a member of Congress make a joke than have a member of Congress make suck an ill informed and incredibly stupid comment like unemployment benefits create jobs or this gem (regarding the healthcare bill) "We have to pass this bill so you can, you know...see what's in it."

    October 9, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. foxfire

    Brown is all show living on his good looks and perhaps but no substance.

    October 9, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Denny

    I couldn't possibly care less what Nancy Pelosi thinks. And Brown's joke was on par with Warren's. Warren is the stereotypical liberal academic, with no real world experience but plenty of left-wing nonsense.

    October 9, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. PY

    I finally understand what democrats looking for.They lost their collective sense of humor!

    October 9, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. I'm With Pelosi

    Yes it was disrecpectful. There is a double standard, a woman would not be elected if she posed nude.

    October 9, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Hey Nancy....This woman simply opened the door for that comment. SHE made it an issue. The door swings both ways !!

    October 9, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. John Peabody

    Boo hoo Nancy Pelosi. Time for you to retire.

    October 9, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Vumba

    Way to go Pelosi!

    October 9, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. The_Hawk

    Warren = Woof

    October 9, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. charles kelly

    pelosi just wants to "stir up" trouble. She should get on OUR Jet and never come back!!!!! She is a JOKE.

    October 9, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. dennis

    Oh, I get it, Ol' Pelosi wants to make a women hate Brown with a passion, so they'll vote in a liberal, socialist, to help them move America into the grips of Communism, where the State takes all the Money, give 99% to themselvse, and let's the rable who voted for them to keep living in the same slums they were in when Pelosi first got elected all those years ago. Only now Pelosi flies around in a Billion Dollar Air Plane, while her poor ol' liberal lock step voters eat the same stale bread, live in the rat invested slum houses they were in the first time they ever voted for her. Neither one of these two liberal wacko's have the looks to be anything other than what they actually are! Words can not deceive what the eyes can see! Whine on thy Broken Mirror Beauties! HA ! HA! T

    October 9, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Warren fired the first shot and is now all the victim when Brown fired back. If she can't take a joke, she shouldn't be in politics. Pelosi is just hopeless.

    October 9, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. MannyHM

    Let's stop this nonsense ! Let's go back to focusing on the economy and the ways to improve it.
    Let's give this intellectual giant Ms. Warren a chance.

    October 9, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Jim

    WOW first Hank Williams Junior now a GOP Senator seems to be a routine for the right for the moment. Actually disrespectful comments have been flying off the handle since "You Lie" if not before that. Only difference is that now there are some who defend these insults. Whats the old phrase if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

    October 9, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Oh puhlease...Do many people really care what Nacy Pelosi says or thinks? BTW: I thought it was a great come back for a silly cheap shot comment.

    October 9, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Just the fact that Nancy Pelosi is still around is disrepectful to America. She has done very little other than complain and whine and push an unrealistic agenda with absolutely no business sense. It was the female candidate that started with a left to the body...so now everyone complains when he counter punches? And if a woman had said that how would poor Nancy have taken it? Welcome to politics. And by the way, I hope we never hear from Nancy again as a politician – period – regardless of what she is or is not wearing.

    October 9, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Southam

    If Brown had answered "Too bad she didn't," he'd have been accused by Pelosi of being sexist. If he aswers, "Thank god she didn't," he's have been accused by Pelosi of being sexist. What a tidy little world it is for feminist. If he had answered, "Ms Warren has her mind on the wrong thing," he'd have been spot-on.

    October 9, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. scottabc

    Warren looks like a healthy 60-something so I'm guessing she probably looked pretty hot back in 1982, maybe Brown is another Republican closet case?

    October 9, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Stella

    She opened the door for his remark with her remark, which was meant as a swipe at the photo shoot he did when he was 22. She's the one who brought it up if she wants to comment about his semi nudity he should be free to comment on hers. I'm a woman who works in a man's business and I can tell you women who make fusses like this aren't doing anyone a favor. Women aren't just a bunch of thin-skinned ninnies who can't take a punch.

    October 9, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Charlie

    Nancy is making a mountain out of a mole hill and should keep her nose out of this one.

    October 9, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. wisconsin101

    This is why liberals make me sick, such hypocrites and they never miss an opportunity to blast the other party. They can dish it out but can never take it w/o turning it into a racial or deflaminary twist.

    October 9, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. ElPerrazo

    Pelosi has a history of selective indignation. Warren took a cheap shot and it rebounded. Pelosi will stoop to any level for a perceived political gain.

    October 9, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Bitpilot

    Since when does anything Pelosi say mean anything. This lady is off her nut. The face lifts were stapled to her brain.

    October 9, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Leon

    Isn't there a Democrat with brains that will run against this woman?
    Too bad the fruits and the nuts keep re-electing her.

    October 9, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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