Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for his personal restrictions on dining with women one-on-one.
During a Thursday interview with MSNBC, Harris was asked if Pence is an honorable man.
Harris took a different route to the question than other high-profile Democrats who have been asked the same question — including former Vice President Joe Biden, who initially called Pence an honorable man but then retracted his statement, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who didn’t hesitate to say the vice president is not an honorable man.
“I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for when he makes decisions about our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn’t understand they should be entitled to full equality and all rights under the law, as any other American,” Harris stated.
“I disagree with him when he suggests that it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself,” she continued. “I think that’s ridiculous, the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States is outrageous.
“So I have many points of disagreement with the vice president,” the senator added.
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.@KamalaHarris on Joe Biden calling Mike Pence a "decent guy":
"When he suggests that it's not possible to have women alone — I think that's ridiculous. The idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the Vice President is outrageous." pic.twitter.com/iftbSnMUea
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) March 14, 2019
Pence initially told The Hill in 2002 that he “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife” for religious purposes, which was brought back to public attention when The Washington Post included the anecdote in a profile of his wife, second lady Karen Pence.
However, the comment evoked a strong reaction from Pence’s office, with his press secretary, Alyssa Farah, denying the claim.
“I’m a female Senior Advisor to Mike Pence & am wondering why you are repeating this false claim?” Farah wrote.
Hi, @SenKamalaHarris: I’m a female Senior Advisor to Mike Pence & am wondering why you are repeating this false claim? He’s elevated women to positions of leadership throughout his career & relies on their advice & counsel. Get your facts straight. https://t.co/oCTHKQpcdn
— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) March 14, 2019
“He’s elevated women to positions of leadership throughout his career & relies on their advice & counsel,” she added. “Get your facts straight.”