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Steinem Mocks POW McCain

Monday, 03 Mar 2008 09:41 AM

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Liberal feminist Gloria Steinem brushed off John McCain’s ordeal as a prisoner of war and torture victim in Vietnam, saying it doesn’t qualify him to be president.

Steinem’s slap at McCain’s 5 1/2 years in captivity came during a “Women for Hillary” campaign event in Austin, Tex.

“This is supposed to be a qualification to be president?” Steinem told the crowd as she was discussing McCain’s captivity by the Viet Cong, the New York Observer reported. “I don’t think so.”

Steinem, a staunch Hillary supporter who claims the press has a gender-based bias against Clinton, also said in Texas:

“Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years.

“Reporters would ask, ‘What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?’”

The Clinton campaign quickly distanced itself from Steinem’s remarks, according to the New York Post. Campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said: “Senator Clinton has repeatedly praised Senator McCain’s courage and service to our country.

“These comments certainly do not represent her thinking in any way.”

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