Noting her low polling numbers, Couric asked Fiorina if she was actually running for the No. 2 spot on the ticket.She did it again last month, on Laura Ingraham's radio program:
“Oh Katie, would you ask a male candidate that question?” she responded.
"If I may say, and I don't say this very often -- the people who keeping saying I'm in this for vice president, that's sexist," Fiorina told radio host Laura Ingraham, who raised the idea during the interview. "I am as qualified a candidate as anyone running."And then she followed up shortly afterward on Sean Hannity's TV show:
"No one talks about the men being in it to be veep. I'm not in it to be veep," Fiorina continued.
HANNITY: You were on my friend Laura Ingraham’s show earlier today, and she asked you a question about people claiming that you’re just in this to run for vice president. You took great offense at that.But here's the problem: As I noted in June, and as Matt K. Lewis of the Daily Caller noted last month, there's similar speculation about many male presidential candidates -- Rubio, Jindal, Kasich, Carson....
FIORINA: Well, you know, it would be different, Sean, if all of the candidates were asked that same question with the same regularity, but they’re not. I’m the person who’s asked that question over and over again. And so one can only conclude that I’m getting asked that question because I’m a woman.
And now we have this from Vox's Matthew Yglesias, about Martin O'Malley's performance at last night's Democratic debate:
Martin O'Malley looked like he was running for VPAnd this, from David Gergen at CNN.com:
... In his closing statement, O'Malley struck a broad theme of party unity, arguing that in contrast to the GOP debates "nobody on this stage denigrated women, nobody on this stage made racist remarks."
It read, broadly, like a de facto campaign to serve as Clinton's VP....
Martin O'Malley got in occasional points (is he auditioning for veep?)....And this, from New York's Jonathan Chait:
Martin O’Malley seemed to crave consideration as [Hillary Clinton's] vice-presidential nominee.And this, from John Tures at the Huffington Post:
His debate performance was ... an effective audition for a vice-presidential spot....And this, from USA Today's On Politics blog:
Martin O’Malley seemed like a guy running for vice president.And this, from Jackie Salo at International Business Times:
Who Will Be Hillary Clinton's Vice President? Why Martin O'Malley Might Be Running For Second Slot On Clinton's Ticket
Impressed by O’Malley’s VP audition so far!— Philip Bump (@pbump) October 14, 2015
I’m feeling it. O’Malley is clearly running for VP, and I think he’s a good choice after this debate.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) October 14, 2015
I think O’Malley showed himself to be a strong VP contender, and certainly worthy of consideration in 2020 or 2024— Karoli (@Karoli) October 14, 2015
Shorter O'Malley: "Yeah, I am running for VP."— laura olin (@lauraolin) October 14, 2015
O'Malley did fine tonight but seemed like he was auditioning for VP and she'll only give him HUD. #DemDebate— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 14, 2015
O'malley doing a hell of an audition for VP attack dog right there #DemDebate— David Dayen (@ddayen) October 14, 2015
Fiorina's poll numbers began to improve once the Republican debates started, so she hasn't faced this VP question as much lately. But not her numbers are beginning to slip, she might hear running-mate talk again.
Will she still insist that there'd be no such talk if he were a man? Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary?