“The View” Debates: Mike Pence Refuses To Dine With Women Who Aren’t His Wife
“The View” co-hosts on Friday had a surprisingly heated debate about Mike Pence refusing to dine with women who aren’t his wife. Check out the video below.
In a profile of Karen Pence released this week, it was reported that the new vice president will not eat out with other women if his wife isn’t present. On the ABC talk show, Joy Behar brought up the subject by joking that it was “sad news” for his “groupies, all two of you.” Noting Pence also supposedly won’t go out when alcohol is involved, she asked, “What is he afraid of?”
Sunny Hostin answered, “I think it’s the temptation of sin I talk about all the time. I think he’s a man of faith and what good is gonna happen having dinner with another woman where booze is flowing? I think it’s a sign of respect [for his wife].” Sara Haines didn’t see it that way, saying such policies “rule people out” when relationships are strictly platonic.
“It narrows you if you can’t have any [opposite gender] friends,” she said, and guest co-host Alex Rodriguez agreed. He offered, “If you have crystal clear communications and you set the parameters and you say, ‘here’s what I’m gonna do, here’s what time I’m getting home,’ I don’t think you should be able to discriminate.”
Jedediah Bila, however, argued, “He’s in politics in one of the sleaziest towns in the country. D.C. is one of the sleaziest towns. It is! You walk into these bars, you see tons of inappropriate behavior. He can work with other women.”
She continued, “I think what he’s saying is… He’s the vice president. Everyone is on a power trip in D.C. If you’re looking to get ahead and you’re gonna try to schmooze me and you’re gonna walk into a bar and you think you’re gonna take some inappropriate picture of me and then send it out there or try to get something from me, that’s not going to happen.”
“He’s putting his wife front and center,” Bila went on, “and saying this is what I’m about, this is what I stand for. He’s saying if you want to work with me, you can work in the office. You don’t have to work over drinks.” Haines and Rodriguez still objected, prompting Bila to say, “You’re not vice president, though. That’s the difference.”
Behar shot back that Bila and Hostin are just “suspicious” of their own significant others, but the two weren’t budging. “You have to put your marriage front and center. You have to put your spouse front and center,” Hostin insisted. “Anything that can embarrass that person should be off limits.”
And Bila said, “[Pence] is talking about the D.C. slime that is out there… You know the history of politicians who cheat on their wives, cheat on their husbands. I think it’s nice to see someone say, ‘Look, if you want to get ahead, let’s do it in a professional environment. You’re not going to compromise my family or my values.'”
Rodriguez responded, “I don’t know anything about politics. I get in enough trouble talking about baseball. But in business, and I run my company, there’s a lot of women owners. You can’t discriminate. If I have to go to dinner to close a deal, I’m not gonna stay away from that business ’cause she’s female.”
Bila was pretty worked up, and Behar even said at the start of the next segment that they shouldn’t talk over each other so much. Watch it all go down below.