I know I shouldn’t be surprised…but – I wouldn’t expect the Republican party to be this ridiculous. I mean…this is an entirely new level of ridiculousness. This isn’t a difficult question. Do you support fair pay for women? This is an easy one. It’s like asking – are you for or against men having sex with kids. Are you for or against dropping a nuclear weapon on Los Angeles? Do you like the American flag?
Easy points. Easy answer. The notion that they do not know their position on fair pay for equal women is exactly why Romney is currently showing to be losing the women vote by 19 points in recent polls.
From Robert Sobel at the Examiner:
In a conference call Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney’s campaign officials took many questions. Continuing with the theme, the campaign was asked whether Mitt Romney supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama in 2009. David Corn reported on his twitter account that the campaign had no real answer and simply replied with: “We’ll get back to you on that.” The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act lets women seek additional compensation from employers who they feel didn’t pay them properly because of their gender.
Listen to the audio HERE.
Greg Sargent has more…apparently the Romney campaign has clarified it’s position even though as Greg Sargent acknowledges – the Romney campaign would not say whether or not it supported Wisconsin Governor Walker’s proposal to repeal the equal pay law in that state:
Subsequently, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul clarified: “He supports pay equity and is not looking to change current law.”
The question now is whether a President Romney would veto or refuse to sign any effort by a GOP-controlled Congress to repeal the Lily Ledbetter Act. I’ve asked for further clarification and will update if I hear back.
A few points on this. First, this isn’t the first time the broader issue has come up. As you’ll recall, neither CBS News nor the Hill were able to get the Romney campaign to say whether he supports Scott Walker’s repeal of Wisconsin’s equal pay law. And as Sam Stein notes today, if the Romney campaign is going to attack Obama for failing women economically, it should have had a ready answer at hand about Lily Ledbetter, given that this is one of Obama’s oft-trumpted achievements.
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