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Larry Sabato: Hillary's Comments About Older Men 'Very Odd'

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 05:02 PM

Hillary Clinton's remarks about men aging and tiring more quickly than women are typical of her lopsided views on the sexes, according to Dr. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

And if a male politician, such as Vice President Joe Biden, had made the same cracks as Clinton in reverse, he would likely have been slammed as a sexist, Sabato told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

In her keynote address to the Simmons Leadership Conference on Wednesday, the former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential frontrunner spoke about aging and energy.

"As men and women age, you know men are tired of the race. They've been running it since their late teens. They're exhausted, all they want to do is take a deep breathe, they want to retire, they want to play golf, they want to you know just enjoy life," Clinton said.

On the other hand, women are "ready to go," having fulfilled their child rearing duties. She added: "There's an army of women and frankly a very large group of older women who could make a real difference to America's corporations, businesses, academia, politics, you name it," Clinton said.

That argument does not wash with Sabato.

"It seemed to me it was kind of an artificial distinction between older men and older women," he said.

"I know as many older men who are enthusiastic and energetic as I do women. She's done this before; there was another excerpt from her about how tough the skin has to be if you're a woman in politics. Hey, your skin has to be mighty tough if you're a man in politics too."

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Sabato agreed that if Biden had made the remark, he would be "probably, very probably" be labeled a sexist.

"It goes along with a lot of these TV commercials that you see advertising projects where the product's worthy, the women are very smart and able, and the men are kind of the goofballs who are told to do and say and go. It's very odd," he said.

On some of the tighter midterm races this fall, Sabato believes that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will end up winning the primary for his seat in Kentucky.

"The real question is whether his personal unpopularity could sink him in a state where President Obama is in the low thirties," Sabato said.

"It takes a lot to elect a Democrat to any statewide office when you're running under a president who's in the low thirties.

"McConnell probably pulls it out, he's certainly going to pull it out for the primary and so [in] the general election he's just going to turn Alison Lundergan Grimes into Barack Obama, a twin of Barack Obama — that's what all of the ads will do."

The North Carolina race, in which incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is seeking another term, is likely to be a squeaker, according to Sabato.

"I tend to think North Carolina will lean Republican this year, but it's by no means over and a lot of it depends on what Republicans do," he said.

"They've got three candidates, one candidate has got to get over 40 percent in the first primary or it goes to run off. The longer the campaign between the Republicans goes the nastier it gets, the more money is spent … [and] Hagan benefits.

"So one key consideration will be whether the Republicans can gather at least 40 percent around one candidate like [Thom] Tillis on the original primary day which is coming up."

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