Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is being criticized for comments he made during a town hall meeting asking why female presidential candidates weren’t being asked whether they were willing to put men on their ticket as vice president, The Free Beacon reports.
“Governor, some of your male competitors have vowed to put a woman on the ticket. Yes or no, would you do the same?” asked CNN’s Dana Bash.
“Of course,” Hickenlooper said. “Well, I’ll ask you another question. … How come we’re not asking more often the women, ‘Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'”
The Denver Post said Hickenlooper was known for “putting his foot in his mouth,” while Elle questioned his focus.
“Why don’t the women get asked about gender parity?” wrote R. Eric Thomas. “Do we care about equality or not, people? Will a man ever get a chance to be vice president or are we stuck with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Robin Wright forever? Oh, and Glenn Close in Air Force One. So many women! It’s an epidemic!”
Hickenlooper has a history of verbal miscues, including in 2014 when he said the vast majority of Latinos “don’t care about a pathway to citizenship.”
“They want to be able to get on an airplane and get down to Mexico City and visit their grandparents. And they want to get a job and be able to get paid over the table,” he told the Wall Street Journal back then.