WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann has taken to the airwaves to slam Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter for treating her “like a little girl” during a contentious debate Wednesday on the future of health care reform.
“I was absolutely stunned at the arrogance,” Bachmann told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview Thursday night. Her “little girl” comment came in an earlier interview on Hannity’s national radio program.
Bachmann’s remarks came one day after Specter told her to “act like a lady” in the heat of a contentious back-and-forth debate on a Philadelphia talk radio station about the future of health care reform. Bachmann and Specter were talking over one another, when Specter told her to quit interrupting him: “I’m going to treat you like a lady, so act like one.”
“Well, I am a lady,” Bachmann responded.
A few moments later, after Bachmann interrupted him again, Specter said: “Now wait a minute, I didn’t interrupt you, don’t interrupt me. Act like a lady.”
Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok said Specter has not called Bachmann since the interview.
Specter, a former Republican centrist who switched to the Democratic Party in 2009, is in the midst of a tough primary challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak, and trails in the general election polls against Republican Pat Toomey.
Bachmann told Hannity on his radio program that she thinks the exchange and ensuing controversy “will be the end of Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania.”