April 4th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
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Nancy Pelosi on Hillary Clinton, women in politics: 'I never expected anything but a double standard'

(CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday if there's a double standard for women in power, Hillary Clinton's felt it.

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the top House Democrat said, "If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard - she's been in the main event, and that is a presidential race - then I respect that."

Watch more of Pelosi's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Sundays at 9 a.m. / 12 p.m. ET

Pelosi's comments follow remarks Clinton made Thursday at a women's forum in New York, lamenting what she billed as a double standard for women in the workplace. Clinton pointed to the media as being the biggest propagator of that imbalance.

For her part, Pelosi said she "never expected anything but a double standard" though, "I don't know if it's the media or whether people say things that's news that you have to cover."

Pelosi, 74, has represented California for over two decades. She was the first woman to lead a major congressional party, as well as the first female speaker of the House, serving from 2007 to 2011.

"Let me just say as one who has been speaker of the House, I've had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me," she said.

Pelosi said women with political aspirations have told her they decide against running for office to shield their families from the intense media scrutiny of a female candidate that men might not face.

Clinton is considered the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination should she decide to step into the 2016 presidential race.

The former secretary of state, first lady and 2008 presidential candidate has been outspoken in recent public appearances about the challenges facing women, particularly those in positions of power.

Clinton appeared at the New York event with International Monetary Fund chair Christine Lagarde.

The two high-profile female political figures participated in a question and answer session where they discussed a wide range of topics, one of which was women pursuing career ambitions.

Both were asked about their respective prospects for higher office - and both declined to answer.

CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Mike

    We need more females with political power in office. Every aspect of political control is dominated by the male perspective. More than half the voting population in the US is female. What is wrong with female voters in the US? It must be true what people say...women can't get along with anyone. Shame on the female gender!

    April 4, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Ken

    Vote republican. Look what the dems have done to Assachusetts. Liberal creeps everywhere along with illegals running rampant. Socialism at its worst. Mass will be the next Detroit.

    April 4, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. jayredd

    Just one question. Did Pelosi ever read the Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare?

    April 5, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Thomas

    In this day and age ,
    it's sad that so many right wing neocon conservatives have such hate and distain for Betty Crocker.

    April 5, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. 2_indy1600

    It's almost Neanderthal that women don't make an equal wage. No one will argue with that, will they? If there is one thing I guarantee you women are more practised and superior at it is the politics of personal destruction. Some women live by that code; women in politics excel at it.

    April 5, 2014 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Name

    This has got to be the dumbest story I've ever read.

    April 5, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Namebadtobone

    no they didn't airbus the photo it was made in the early 60s or late 50s

    April 5, 2014 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. phantom235

    Unbelievable coming from this hag who has been feeding at the public trough and who has been given a pass for every idiotic statement she has made for years by the very press she and Hilly now condemn.

    April 5, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  9. Yo

    When readin the aricles, I thought 'Really, double standard? Today?? Nah, you're just looking for attention, toughen up'. But then I read the comments and thought 'Hmmm, she's right'.

    Sad, sad, sad.

    April 5, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Yo

    When reading the article, I thought 'Really, double standard? Today?? Nah, you're just looking for attention, toughen up'. But then I read the comments and thought 'Hmmm, she's right'.

    Sad, sad, sad.

    April 5, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. just me

    Yolanda, you9e posted twice here without making one meaningful point. C'mon third time's the charm.

    April 5, 2014 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. HenryMiller

    Only one standard is necessary for Nancy Pelosi: she's earned all the scorn and contumely, all the rage and contempt, that may be heaped upon her for her role in inflicting Obamacare on the country.

    On a positive note, she, along with Harry Reid and Obama himself, will get a great deal of the credit for ridding Congress of a lot of Democrats in November.

    April 5, 2014 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  13. Jesse

    Hillary Clinton is not ideal.

    Possible domestic abuse against Bill Clinton
    Suffered a mild stroke post Benghazi
    And same issue as McCain she will be about 70 years old in 2016. Past her prime for the Presidency.

    Very hard worker but I would not go for her Elizabeth Warren or ideally Condie Rice. The presidency is primarily a foreign policy post. So Condie would edge out warren there.

    April 5, 2014 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  14. Miami Mike

    Just as Obama uses the race card, Hillary will use the woman card.

    End dynasties! No Bush! No Clinton!

    April 5, 2014 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  15. Name jsmallz

    Don that's what we need is a little more humor in this world. It is amazing how sensitive we have become. You made me laugh. Thanks.

    April 5, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  16. Ed

    As a citizen and political watcher I would be comforted by seeing n. Pelosi retired by the voters in 2014

    April 5, 2014 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. Roz

    Don – hard to tell if you are serious or not. There is more than just a double standard. Worst grudges – men hate losing anything to a woman no matter how competent.

    April 5, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  18. josh

    Just ask Sarah Palin about a double standard.

    April 5, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. Babs


    That was humor mixed with a healthy dose of sarcasm too. Good one.

    April 5, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    PS: I can't understand is still republican idiotically say unending war on Healthcare poses threat–do they want to take away healthcare from all, get rich further. They want to take away SS, Medicare, now this. How silly!!!!!

    April 5, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Donna

    Women need to stop being so whiny about their treatment. Politics is a contact sport. Don't expect to be treated nicely and get special treatment because you are a woman. Blacks use the race/victim card as a shield to stop valid criticism and women use the gender/victim card the same way. To all of you, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    April 5, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Gurgyl


    April 5, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. Nancy Pelosi, the Sarah Palin of the Democrat Party

    "We have to pass the bill so you can see what is in the bill..."

    And now we see it was the destruction of personal freedom and our healthcare system. This woman is a great danger to this country.

    April 5, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Wes

    Feinstein is gross. Her face makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit

    April 5, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Wes

    Pelosi on the other hand makes me throw up in my mouth a lot. To the point I almost choke

    April 5, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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