McCain doesn’t do well with women
August 15, 2008
To the Editor:
If more women know about John McCain’s personal interactions with women, he’ll have a problem. In his book “The Real McCain,” Cliff Schecter describes one stop during McCain’s 1992 Senate re-election bid. He writes, “At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, ‘You’re getting a little thin up there.’ McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, ‘At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, …’ .” (Schecter confirmed this remark with three reporters who were present when it was made.)
And at a 1998 Republican Senate fundraiser, McCain proffered this “joke:” “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?” Answer: “Because her father is Janet Reno.”
Then, there is McCain’s response to a questioner in Hilton Head, S.C., last November, who asked, referring to Sen. Clinton: “How do we beat the b*****?” McCain responded: “Excellent question.”
McCain has an equally dismal record on issues central to women’s lives, like pay equity, fighting workplace discrimination, and supporting programs that help working mothers and their families.