Prominent Places for Women Candidates in Mid-Terms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina arrives for a news conference after participating in a debate with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in a radio debate hosted by La Opinion and KPCC. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Across the country, women are playing a big role in this year's mid-term elections, from Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell in Delaware to Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina in California and First Lady Michelle Obama, campaigning for embattled Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, in Wisconsin.

The New York Times' chief political reporter, Michael Shear, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, the paper's White House correspondent, discuss some of the major players, and trends for women in this year's political landscape.


Michael Shear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Comments [2]

Marie McDonough from Chicago

Women are supporting Blumenthal in Connecticut even though McMahon would become CT's first female senator..."it's really interesting...what's going on with women voters?" Headlee asks. Hmm, is it possible women actually vote for positions on issues, not just for anyone who has the same anatomy as them?

Good on Michael Schear for responding to her question more diplomatically than I would have, while still noting its absurd assumptions. I look forward to a time when women voters are no longer portrayed in the media as an unreflective, monolithic bloc (imagine how strange a similar program on what "men voters" are doing in this election would seem...).

Oct. 14 2010 03:39 PM
D. Burton from Boston

I listen to your show almost every day, but today I had to turn it off: listening to how badly women candidates have been treated would have made me too mad to get through the day. In 2008, the openly sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton caused the PUMA movement, Michelle Obama the corporate lawyer was forced to pretend she's a happy housewife and yes, Sarah Palin got lampooned much more than any male governor of a state would have been.

Just imagine what would have happened if Scott Brown, who had been a centerfold, had been Susie Brown instead.

Also, in answer to your question as to whether Obama is doing what I expected, the answer is yes: failing.

Oct. 14 2010 10:45 AM

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