Bachmann slams Specter for treating her like ‘a little girl’

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.”

The entire Specter-Bachmann exchange can be heard here. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s take on the exchange can be read here.

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.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 01/22/2010 - 09:41 am.

    Bachmann has a long history of childish behavior, interrupting speakers and ignoring rules as if they don’t apply to her. This is the most infamous:

    But once again, she plays the victim card and the sleepwalking media plays along with it.

  2. Submitted by Paul Scott on 01/22/2010 - 10:17 am.

    What is the saying…two things happen when you wrestle with a [common hooved farm animal], you end up covered in mud and the [common hooved farm animal] has a great time.

  3. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 01/22/2010 - 10:37 am.

    I wonder whatever happened to respecting your elders….

  4. Submitted by Brian Simon on 01/22/2010 - 12:50 pm.

    Rep Bachmann complaining about Sen Specter treating her like a child will likely boost Sen Specter in the primary. In the general, it will then be moderate Specter against Toomey, who will surely be campaigning on a ‘no taxes, ever’ campaign. Advantage: Specter.

  5. Submitted by Greg Zotta on 01/24/2010 - 11:07 pm.

    Arlen Specter was rude and intimidating so I sent him a message. Arlen Specter start packing your bags you will be FIRED IN NOVEMBER. You are an ignorant condescending FOOL, and you don’t know HOW to treat a lady. Specter you said Michelle was talking about talking points; that is all the Democrats/Statists do. Hope and Change. If these Statists have their way we won’t even have the change left. And Arlen if I was in the room with you when you disrespected Michelle or any other LADY I would of Bxxtch-slapped you. So watch your manners!! BTW Michelle is a “LADY”.

  6. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 01/25/2010 - 05:36 pm.

    Glad to see that Minnesotans now get to pick who the Senators from Pennsylvania will be based on recommendations from our House members.

    I’ll give odds that Specter’s re-elected. The Daily Kos activists busted their butt to mount a primary challenge but Admiral Sestak is floundering because Pennsylvanians, like most Americans, don’t like having out-of-staters telling them who to vote for.

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