POLITICS
01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rendell: Napolitano Hot Mic Comment "100% True," Not Sexist

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell defended his recent off-microphone remark about Homeland Security Secretary-designate Janet Napolitano, calling the comment "100 percent true."

While having a private conversation at the National Governor's Association meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday, an open microphone picked up Rendell labeling Gov. Napolitano, D-Arizona, as "perfect" for the cabinet position because she has no family, and the position requires a person with "no life." ...

"Wolf, we've gotten really far off field in the way we cover news if that statement which is absolutely 100 percent true is construed as something. I would have said it about man or woman in similar position. It was meant to comment on how tough the job is and how great a choice Janet is," Rendell told Blitzer.

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