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Questions on Gender Favor Clinton

It's working to Clinton's benefit that so many of the questions have some sort of female component.

First we had a question on whether Clinton's gender was a hurdle to her winning the White House. Then on whether women should be able to be drafted. And now whether Clinton could deal effectively deal with Arab nations who consider women -- in the questioner's words -- "second class citizens."

Clinton's answer was polished, noting that as First Lady she traveled to 82 countries and as a senator has "met with kings and presidents and prime ministers." She added: "I believe that there isn't much doubt in anyone's mind that I can be taken seriously." Applause followed.

The more viewers are reminded that Clinton is the lone woman in the field the better for her chances at winning the nomination.
Women make up a majority of primary voters. Clinton's strength in polling to date comes from women. If she can consolidate her support among women, she wins the primary. Period.

-- Chris Cillizza

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 23, 2007; 8:08 PM ET
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Posted by: Judy | July 26, 2007 4:43 AM | Report abuse

You ask why John Edwards criticized the jacket that Sen. Clinton was wearing. I wondered myself, and then realized that, while it's too bad that Sen. Clinton was the target, it was likely done deliberately to point out how publicly pointless, unsubstantial, and wothless it is to criticize something so very personal......like a haircut.

Posted by: Jude | July 24, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hillery seemed very calm and straight forward in her answers i liked that.I thought she outshined the others without even trying but really they all gave pretty good answers and i like them all.

Posted by: sharon | July 23, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree that nuclear waste is a BIG problem. Clinton is right to want to learn more before committing herself on this issue.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 23, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree that nuclear waste is a BIG problem. Clinton is right to want to learn more before committing herself on this issue.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 23, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Mark how can you be for nuclear power? Have you heard of yucca mountain? What are you and Obama going to do with the waste?

Posted by: mountain man | July 23, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

She appears contrived and staged. I want a genuine person to be president.

End the 20 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush.

Posted by: Hillary is TOO polished | July 23, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's responses, to nuclear power and others, shows why she, no offense to WhatADifference, is NOt the best in the bunch. She won't stand for anything unless she has worked out all angles on how it wioll affect her lead. We need a fighter not someone without real views or commitments.

Posted by: Zonker | July 23, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama just distinguished himself from Edwards on nuclear power and I agreed with Obama, who wants to consider nukes in the mix, not Edwards - who would not consider new plants.
HRC announced she was "agnostic" on nukes.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 23, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

It's impossible not to be blown away by the superiority of the Democratic candidates over the Republican field. Any of the eight would make a damm good president, so much better than what we have now that its like day and night. That having been said, Hillary is clearly the best of the bunch. She has more balls in her pinky than Bush, Cheney, and Rove have in their entire bodies. Jan 2009 can't come soon enough!!!!

Posted by: WhatADifference | July 23, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"The more viewers are reminded that Clinton is the lone woman in the field the better for her chances at winning the nomination."

Chris, how can you seriously say that. Do you have no respect or understanding at all of women that you actually think that a) they don't realize that Hillary is a woman unless these questions are asked, and b) they are sheep and will vote for her because she is a woman.

And being 'polished' does not translate to being Presidential!!! I would say that her polished manner is a detriment not a plus.

With posts like this by you it seems that you are on Hillary's payroll because otherwise your words make no sense.

Posted by: Zonker | July 23, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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