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. chris

    Where was Nancy Pelosi when liberals were attacking Sarah Palin? Oh that's right. It's only a crime when it's a democrat. I forgot liberal hypocrisy rules for the stupid brainwashed.

    October 9, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. karen

    There is something really gross that this guy, something that a young toned body can't hide.

    October 10, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Arbour

    Sounds like Warren mocked Brown first. Brown was retaliating. Both need to learn to play nice.

    October 10, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Blessed Geek

    Brown's Need-to-say-something-deflecting syndrome,

    October 10, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. SG

    Pelosi: Why are you bringing WOMEN in this whole thing? Warren took a shot, Brown paid it back in the same way. Infact Warren comment was not dignified at all. Anyway grow up...

    P.S: No I am not a republican.

    October 10, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. mmi16

    Politics today is all about disrespect – disrespect for the candidate, disrespect for the opposition, disrespect for the voting public, disrespect of the entire political process.

    October 10, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Eric

    Oh, please. We all know what this is about. Pelosi supports Warren. Pelosi will try turn anything anyone on the Republican side says into an issue that she thinksk will help support Warren (or pretty much any Democrat). Knee jerk Democrats will toss reason to the wind and sing chorouses of "Amens" for her without really thinking about her comments. Knee jerk Republicans will try to turn her own statements on her without really thinking about her comments.

    In this case, that small percentage of people who think things through will see this as much ado about nothing. Warren took a shot at Brown. It wasn't a cheap shot, it was a fair one. Brown responded with a shot of his own. His response wasn't a cheap shot against Warren; she opened the door and he walked through it. And his response certainly wasn't a shot against women in general; nothing about it suggests that it is.

    October 10, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Me

    Hello? Of course it was disrespectful! And I'm sure he meant it to be. Shame on him.

    October 10, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  9. EyeRoller

    So if the tables were turned:

    Some female democrat paid her way through college by posing nude.
    Some male republican went to Harvard.
    The press asks the male republican "How did you pay for Harvard?"
    The male republican says "Well, at least I kept my clothes on."

    What would Ms. Pelosi say then? Don't bother. We all know the answer.

    October 10, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Have to admit, she invited that comment. And it was appropriate

    October 10, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  11. yolanda

    I guess this means we shouldn't mention the multiple face lifts that Nancy Baby has endured.......

    October 10, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  12. Brian

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

    Those "opponents" were Republicans. Duh!

    October 10, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. wlv

    So let me get this straight ... Elizabeth Warren can take a potshot at Brown for posing nude and it's OK. He takes a potshot in kind, and it's disrespectful to women? Didn't she start discussion on nude photo-posing?

    October 10, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  14. Alec

    If it would be opposite, Brown would make a remark about keeping his clothes on and Warren was a model he would be burned at the stake. I think Brown made a fairly graceful joke about a really nasty comment Warren made about him. What is wrong with Pelosi.

    October 10, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. thomas

    @Dan J
    Chris Christie's makes fun of himself for being over weight !

    October 10, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. silverstream055

    Move along, people. Nothing here but Pelosi playing the female card again, in her usual clueless (and humorless) way.

    October 10, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. Mike in SA

    Nancy Pelosi is a disrespect towards women I guess she'd know.

    October 10, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  18. Bob

    I wonder if Pelosi has ever gotten around to reading the OBAMACARE bill so she knows what's in it.

    October 10, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. Kyle

    Could someone explain how this was disrespectful to women? A question was asked about a specific person, and in response to that question about a specific person, we get disrespect towards an entire gender? Talk about trying to make something out of nothing.

    October 10, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. jocq

    I can imagine Andrew Dice Clay's comment in this scenerio

    October 10, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Norcal View

    Since when is taking off clothing for a photo a bad thing? ESPECIALLY if yer doing it to pay for college. Warren is the sexist here.

    October 10, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  22. MXD

    Pelosi – get a clue. Warren started the personal jabs with her "kept her clothes on" comment, and Brown simply responded in kind. Browns' retort was no more hurtful than Warren's initial slap. He did not insult all women – he responded in context about someone who just attacked him. And it does sound like more of a "funny quip" than a serious put-down. If you want to be fair about it say that neither looks good attacking the other.

    October 10, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  23. kat

    Go Brown, call em like you see em ! We need more honesty in Washington

    October 10, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  24. Howard

    Nancy Pelosi has disrespected the American people, with her 'pass it to see what's in it', trillion dollar squandering of the people's hard earned tax money ... on continual, irresponsible, self-serving, coast to coast air travel ... on lavish parties, and countless other extravagant expenditures at the public's expense. Her current phony outrage and insincere indignation simply adds insult to all the injuries she has inflicted on the American people. Pelosi has earned herself zero credibility, and true justice would result from drumming her out of congress.

    October 10, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Frank Teell

    If Warren doesn't want to get slapped she shouldn't start fights. Grow up, Pelosi.

    October 10, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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