June 15th, 2014
01:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Video: Do male politicians have it easier?

(CNN) – Potential 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said the 2016 campaign would be a friendlier environment for a female candidate than her last run in 2008.

But has it really gotten easier for women in politics?

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday that progress is slow, but it's there.

"I think that very slowly, we're starting to see the numbers of women in elected politics growing. But the numbers are still too low, it is still too slow," the Hawaii Democrat told guest hosts CNN's Dana Bash and Gloria Borger on "State of the Union."

"There are still many women who are hesitant to run for office for a number of different reasons or still need that extra push. So I think there are still some challenges that need to be overcome," she added.

Gabbard appeared on CNN with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois. He was posed the same question - has it gotten any easier for women in participate in the political realm?

"I can't act like I know the challenges of that, and Tulsi's the best to respond," he said, adding however that he sees more engagement from women than in the past.

Kinzinger, who has faced female opponents in past elections, said male candidates have to be careful in their rhetoric.

"Obviously you don’t want to look like you're being unfair or biased. But at the same time, women are fully capable of fighting. And my fight in 2010 against a female incumbent, it was a pretty big battle - and they're plenty capable, that's for sure," he said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    What a stupid question !

    Yes , much easier , ask Clarence Thomas .

    June 15, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    More propaganda for Hillary..........it is multiple times a day now.

    June 15, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. ED 1

    If you can't run with the big dogs stay on the pourch.

    June 15, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. bill

    Of course they do. BJ's in the white house.........priceless.

    June 15, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Really? The way some teaklans still think of women and probably some Dems, you really need to ask that question?
    I often wonder if these men have wives, daughters, heck mothers!

    June 15, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. vikingwoman

    As a woman I must respond w/a loud Duh, to this stupid question! It's still a man's world & women make 'strides'! Unfortunately only 1 party stands up for women's rights & it doesn't have the letters g,o,t, or p in it! I say unfortunate because they aren't fit to govern, yet they are still drawing their taxpayer sponsored salaries! Why is that?! The cliche goes: repeat a lie often enough & people will start to believe it! That's the GOTP platform in a nutshell (pun conveniently intended)!!

    June 15, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |