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Hillary Clinton and the "Gender Card"

Hillary Clinton and the "Gender Card"

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It's just under a year until the 2008 presidential election, and we figured what better time to juice up our Junkie segment. For the next 52 weeks, you'll get more players, more issues, and of course, more Rudin. Today, we'll also focus on this notion of a gender card. Hillary Clinton's campaign is being criticized for pulling the gender card, and argues that she was ganged up on in the last debate. So today, Libby Copeland came up with a new list of "The Rules" for female candidates, and the men running against them:

Is a woman candidate primarily a woman or a candidate? (Can't separate the two? Right! Advance to the next question.)

Can a guy ask her tough questions without being a jerk? Can she cry without seeming weak? And what happens when a feminist running a post-feminist campaign is described as "one strong woman" but tells voters "I'm your girl"? Are there rules for any of this?

Hillary Clinton is going back on some debate stage with all those men again next week.

Get used to it, people!

We're going to tell you what The Rules are.

We'll talk with Libby today, and take your calls on the gender card issue.

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