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. Karenne

    "Yuk, yuk, yuk," wink and nod by another frat-boy Teapublican. Actually he's yuck yuck yuck in terms of respect for women.

    October 9, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. krissmith777

    Let's see. Warren didn't take off her clothes, and Brown says "Thank god."

    Uh, sorry, Pelosi. I cannot disagree with Scot Brown here.

    This is not disrespectful to women, perhaps only to Warren. And honestly, since Warren brought this up, she only opened herself up for the insult.

    Besides, why even bring it up anyway. This issue only enhanced Brown's image when he first got elected.

    October 9, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. fsm47

    Don't dish out the insults Libby if you don't want a retort. The Dem shoulder chip looks like a log.

    October 9, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. IVOTE

    I see the truth about the browns hurt.

    October 9, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Xian

    Had it been a woman dancing for college money instead of a man posing for pictures in a magazine, Nancy Pelosi would have been enraged at any comment that suggested the young lady was less of a person for using what she had to further her education. And I'd agree with her. But here, Warren took a shot at Brown for the same thing. As far as I know, she has remained un-chastised by Democratic leadership for her comments. It was Warren who opened the door on sexuality, eroticism and equality of the sexes with her comment. Warren took the low shot, not Brown. Warren's comments use Brown as an example, but criticize all that use their bodies to survive or get ahead - that includes male and female dancers, porn stars and prostitutes. Warren's comment targeted a path to independence chosen by many - including women. Brown's comment targeted only his opponent.

    October 9, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sen. Scott Brown lost his dignity
    Elizabeth Warren’s answered the question that is it but Sen. Scott Brown took advantage of that to discriminate women

    October 9, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. WiredweirdoinSF

    And Pelosi is respectful to people? Look at the names she calls TEA party supporters. And then adds insult to hypocrisy while lauding the folk who can't get jobs because they can't pass drug tests and clean up after themselves. Oh liberals you are such hypocrites.

    October 9, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    How is that disrespectful?....I like Pelosi, but, come on Nancy!

    October 9, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Dan J

    Warren, in a prepared response for a debate, said she didn't take her clothes off to pay for college. Brown, in an off-the-cuff chuckle, shot back. I think that's a fair response to a cheap shot.

    October 9, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Dan J

    Where was Pelosi when Chris Christie's opponents were making fun of his weight?

    October 9, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Vader

    Disrespect for women? Don't you think that overstates it a bit? I read it as disrespect for that particular woman. And, keep in mind Ms. Pelosi... she started it.

    October 9, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. gphx

    What if it were reversed and he brought up her modeling career? They'd really be screaming then because it'd be different because she's a woman. That it's different because she's a woman is the truly sexist view. Too bad they can't see that.

    October 9, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Jeff

    So, the female can make light of a male struggling to get through college by posing–an obvious dig directed at Brown. Dude takes up for himself and now the liberals do what they always do-cry discrimination. Come-on, stop with cries of foul, take it like an adult--She stepped up to the plate and got served-up–end of story.

    October 9, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Warren set herself up for some kind of a response. Unfortunate for her he had a very funny comeback.
    I suppose she is learning about underestimating Scott Brown. It will be fun to watch her increasingly public defeat. She needs to go back to academia where it is safe from such public humiliation.

    October 9, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Erik U

    So exactly how is this disrespectful to women??? I don't get it.

    October 9, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Cryos

    Liberals trying to turn a small issue into a big one. Warren started it either she should have the guts to take a return jab or not start it in the first place.

    October 9, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Dale

    What does Pelosi know about respect

    October 9, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. nofluer

    Warren took it there – Brown just followed her lead. If Brown is "Disrespectful to women" then Warren is doubly so to men. If you can't take it, don't dish it out.

    October 9, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. joel Johnston

    And? The behavior by Representative Pelosi is disrespectful to men and women alike. She's been called on it repeatedly but still behaves the same. I guess she has a higher pedestal she works from.

    And, is it any less respectful what Warren said? If she is going to get nasty, which she clearly did, she better expect an in kind response. Deal with it after you dish it out Warren.

    October 9, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. John Witherspoon

    Warren was using the typical Liberal strategy of using a personal attack to avoid talking about the critical issues that we face as a result of the mess made by the current administration. She deserved Brown's response. Sorry Nancy, but time is running out on you and the rest of the wrecking crew.

    October 9, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. logic in LA

    Oh Nancy- I like you but grow up. She made the first off color remark and he responded. Fair is fair. Her snide comment was uncalled for. It has nothing to do with his record or who he is 30 years later.

    October 9, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    @Dan J, what does this have to do with Christie?......Can you not wear your political allegiance on your sleeves?

    October 9, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Allen

    For once I agree with Nancy the heck did that happen...

    October 9, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Michael

    ..Dan J
    Where was Pelosi when Chris Christie's opponents were making fun of his weight?.....She was on her broom somewhere now that she doesn't get to fly in those big military jets.

    October 9, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Tired of the nonsense

    He's a guy. Do you actually expect better?

    October 9, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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