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Sarah Palin on John Boehner: Female Politicians Wouldn't Get a 'Pass' for Crying

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Appearing on ABC News' "Good Morning America" Friday morning with co-anchor Robin Roberts, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said female politicians face a double standard when it comes to crying publicly.

When asked about Rep. John Boehner's penchant for weeping, Palin said:

"I don't know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily. . . . I respect John Boehner because he has worn his feelings on his sleeve on things that are so important to him . . . and I give him that pass, too."

She continued, "But that's one of those things where a double standard certainly is applied. I'm sure if I got up there and did a speech and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and our grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I'm sure that I would be knocked a little bit for that.

"It makes us work that much harder and be that much tougher and more committed to the message and the mission at hand."

The issue involved is that a woman who cries might be perceived as weak, but I would argue that Hillary Clinton's crying in 2008 helped her win the New Hampshire primary.


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