Top Chris Christie donor Ken Langone made the case this morning on CNBC that Carly Fiorina is only doing well in the presidential race because she's a woman. "She's done nothing of any consequence in business," said Langone, a founder of Home Depot.
Langone turned to Becky Quick, the only woman on set, and asked, "Becky, question for you. If the only reason you are sitting there and had this job is because you're a woman, how would you feel about that?"
"Terrible," she said.
"Ok," said Langone, "So would I. What do you hear about Carly Fiorina? She's repositioned herself. She starts out at probably most political company in America, the old AT&T. It was all politics--move from this subsidiary to that. It's all who you know. ... She blows out of Lucent, it's a mess. She goes to Hewlett Packard, she was fired because she made a mess. So one guy comes out, now's she saying, Oh, the guy changed his mind, I'll be a great president. Of course, she might be president so he's hedging his bet now. She's done nothing of any consequence in business. Ih, she likes to tell us, I was a secretary, and now I'm a CEO or I was a CEO--a discredited CEO, twice."
The Washington Post has a poll out this today that finds Hillary Clinton's numbers are down in the wake of her email scandal. The poll undercuts one of the main arguments for her candidacy -- electing the first woman president would excite female voters. While Hillary Clinton has a negative approval rating among 53 percent of voters, the poll doesn't show a huge gender gap on that figure.
Democratic Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez of Illinois has introduced a law to put a woman on the $20 bill. The law is being called, "Put a Woman on the Twenty Act."
"As women fill more and more positions of leadership in United States and in U.S. economy, there remains one place they are not represented: on United States currency. This legislation will change that," says the congressman's office in a press release.
In recognition of Equal Pay Day Tuesday, Betsey Stevenson, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, wrote an entry on the White House blog entitled Five Facts About the Gender Pay Gap.
Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that, based on 2013 tax filings, men made up the top eight most highly compensated employees at the Clinton Foundation, and that key women earned 63 cents for every dollar key men made.
Joe Biden got a little too close for comfort with another woman who doesn't know him today. At the swearing-in ceremony of defense secretary Ash Carter, Biden put his hands on the shoulders of Carter's wife and apparently leaned in to whisper something in her ear: