Pelosi on Clinton's Defeat: "I'm A Victim of Sexism Myself All The Time"

07/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"I'm a victim of sexism myself all the time," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussing Tuesday morning whether sexism played a significant role in the defeat of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) But Pelosi does not spend a lot of time worrying about sexist remarks people make.

At a reporters' breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House reflected on the White House bid by Clinton, who would have been the first major party nominee if her bid had succeeded.

"Is there sexism? Probably so," said Pelosi.

"Is it responsible for the defeat? I really wouldn't have the scientific knowledge, all of the information to know that. But I do think that being a woman has a positive upside in the campaign, probably offset by more sexism. I don't know. Of course there is sexism, we all know that. I mean but it is a given, it is a given."

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