Arlen Specter to Michele Bachmann: "Act Like a Lady"

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In a joint interview on a Pittsburgh radio station, Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania told conservative Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota that she should "act Like a lady."

You can listen to the exchange at Real Clear Politics.

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Specter's comments came amid a contentious exchange on 1210 AM's Dom Giordano Show. After Bachmann spoke at length, Specter started to respond and Bachmann interjected. Specter then asked Bachmann to "stop interrupting," stating, "I didn't interrupt you."

"Now, wait a minute, I'll stop and you can talk," he said. "I'll treat you like a lady. Now act like one."

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"Well, I am a lady," Bachmann replied.

After the two bicker further, Specter again says Bachmann should "act like a lady." When Bachmann again states that she is a lady, Specter replies, "I think you are too, that's why I'm treating you like one. But just don't interrupt me."

Specter later complains that Bachmann, who insisted she voted for "prosperity" when Specter asked her about a specific vote, is "talking from talking points."

Writes Glenn Thrush: "Bachmann is hardly a beloved figure in Democratic circles. But how many liberal women, whom Specter badly needs to defeat front-running Pat Toomey, would appreciate being told to 'act like a lady' by a male debate partner?"

Specter, a Republican-turned-Democrat, is trailing Republican Pat Toomey 49 percent to 40 percent in the Pennsylvania Senate fight, according to a new Rassmussen poll.