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Mitt’s ‘Binders Full Of Women’ Problem

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Mitt’s ‘Binders Full Of Women’ Problem


Mitt Romney’s debate performance will be remembered for two lowlights. The first is when he forced the moderator to fact-check him on the tragedy at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The second was his answer to a question about equal pay for women.

Instead of focusing on pay, he revealed that he couldn’t find enough capable women candidates to balance his administration:

And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.

This immediately set off a viral sensation on the Internet. The “Binders Full of Women” Facebook page already has over 200,000 likes. The American Bridge Super PAC already has BindersFullofWomen.com up and running.

Nothing says classy employer like, “Bring me my binders full of women!”

A huge irony of this comment is that Romney was basically advocating for and explaining the need for affirmative action. Yet as governor, he rolled back “two decades of affirmative action advances.”

Some men didn’t understand why the phrase “binders full of women” instantly resonated. The Guardian‘s Emma G. Keller explains:

Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone deaf, condescending and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about. The phrase objectified and dehumanized women. It played right into the perception that so many women have feared about a Romney administration – that a president Romney would be sexist and set women back.

And here’s the worst part. It’s not even a true story. Mitt didn’t seek out these odd “binders full of women” out. The Boston Phoenix‘s David S. Bernstein explains:

What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.

They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

What was also odd about Mitt’s equal pay answer is how the issue of pay never came up. Instead he acted as if only women might have any concerns about spending time with their families:

…I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school.

She said, I can’t be here until 7 or 8 o’clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said fine. Let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.

Mitt then went into a rant listing the economic carnage of the Great Recession on women, without pointing out that Republicans cutting government jobs across the country has had a disproportionate effect on women.

Mitt Romney had started to close the gender gap. If that trend reverses, you can trace its back to this moment. Mitt’s “binders full of women” may have been the most offensive answer in the history of American presidential debates.


  1. nobsartist October 17, 2012

    willard is afraid of girls. you can tell by the way he walks. i will bet that at home, ann leads him around by a leash and dog collar.

    willard is so stupid he doesnt realize that his “handlers” put those binders together because they know he is such a loser that he could never actually interview any women for any position on his own.

  2. dashifen October 17, 2012

    More than the out-of-touch and objectifying language about binders, it was the fact that Mr. Romney apparently feels that the only thing women are worried about in the workplace is whether or not they can get home in time to cook dinner for their families.

    What about the single working woman with no one at home? Does she care about flexible work schedules or does she want to make sure that she makes as much money as the men she works with so that she can afford to have dinner to make?

    What about the married female breadwinner who has a stay-at-home husband. Wouldn’t she be more worried about adequate healthcare (even beyond the issues of contraception that the President raised during the debate) to be sure that not only is she covered but also her husband?

    I think Mr. Romney revealed something starkly with his answer to this question: that he sees a woman’s place in the home and he’s willing to make sure that, even if she wants to work, he’ll make sure she can still get back to the home when she needs to. Shockingly out of touch with the 21st century.

    1. s37en October 17, 2012

      your opinion is just that. ive seen binders full of many types of people. is the left really looking at #ladyparts as what defines an election. if so another sad day for america.

      1. aceless October 17, 2012

        With all due respect, crotchety old man, an election defined by #ladyparts is the best thing for America. First off, when we talk about women we are talking about a majority of constituents and 50% of America. This isn’t a minority issue, and if women aren’t served properly it becomes a disservice to most Americans (especially if you include children).

        Second, single mothers and their children still make up a huge majority of Americans living in poverty. Women have proved themselves to be more than willing to participate in the American economy (need I remind you that women make up a significant majority of American college students and have fared much better in the recession), but there are still institutional and cultural barriers that make it very difficult for women to bring this newfound skill to leadership. Case in point: women still earn $.77 to the $1.

        The policies that Obama offers range from protecting the basic rights that have single-handedly allowed women to make this remarkable surge in the past few decades (I’m talking about access to abortion and contraception) to policies that most women never suspected they would see in their lifetimes but which are so important to ironing out these final disparities. By this I mean Lilly Ledbetter (which takes care of a gaping oversight to offer equal rights on the basis of sex in the US Constitution) to removing copays from contraception.

        This last one (contraception) is HUGE. Libertarians may gripe about the excess cost, but it is a mere fraction of the cost of unwanted children to American taxpayers. Christians can rejoice that the number of abortions has gone down in just the few months since the ACA was implemented. As Barack O. said: it’s an economic issue for everyone.

        And you know what? #ladyparts wouldn’t even have been on the table if Mitt Romney’s team hadn’t threatened to reverse the basic rights of 50% of US citizens. It’s the most regressive political agenda we’ve seen in decades. So if you don’t like it, why don’t you blame the other guy?

      2. jamie atkinson October 18, 2012

        …yeah, how dare those female voters worry about their lady parts…

    2. Michelle Yang October 17, 2012

      No, I think that you’re so full of hatred for one candidate that you see nothing but evil in everything he says.

      Let me start by saying, I’m not really a supporter of either party. I think both Obama and Romney are full of bullshit. However, the disparity I see in how the media portrays Obama and Romney is disturbing to me. When did we turn into a country of insular minded bigots? Ready to pidgeonhole someone’s beliefs just because he’s in another party? So ready demonize another for having different ideas on how to solve problems? So many viewers are going in to this election with a mob mentality, not as rational, informed voters, and pieces like these only encourage that vicious circle and maliciously incite fear and anger, conditions in which no one can make clear, rational decisions.

      Romney is saying that he is trying to make schedules flexible for working mothers, that he is willing to do what he can to help them out when it comes to their kids. He NEVER said, “I think women should be home to make dinner for their husbands and kids.” He said, “I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible.” Keep in mind that it was HIS chief of staff who told him, I need to be home by this time. He didn’t force her to go home. He didn’t tell her to go home to the kitchen because that’s where you belong. He said, I understand if you feel more committed to your family; I won’t fire you just because you want to spend time with them.

      I think the media circus is purposefully taking many of Romney’s statements out of context. They turn them into a joke, fodder for late-night comedians and internet memes. And I think this clouding of his statements does nothing but hurt the little integrity this election cycle has left. Such willingness (almost a lust) to believe that just because another doesn’t share your views, that he is evil, leads me to believe that those in the Obama camp are just as bad as those in the Romney camp, if not worse.

      1. conchitadelmundo October 17, 2012

        oh, yeah, right michelle. are you sure your name is not, michael?

        mittens spoke as though he were forging new frontier for women’s equality. allowing working mother’s flexible hours in the workplace and locating qualified women for government posts hardly seems groundbreaking in this day and age. maybe if this debate had happened in 1980, we women watching last night wouldn’t have cringed.

        the fact that he seemed to know no professional/qualified women of government to bring in for an interview just made it more obvious how disconnected he is from the real life of a professional working woman. it was as though he had to send a scouting party out to narnia and back in search of these *qualified females*, and when he got to the part where the “scouts” returned holding “WHOLE binders filled with women!” his voice became very excited, and his eyes lit up like slot machines. it was as though he could not believe his good fortune. WOMEN! who are qualified!!!!!

        he’s an idiot.

        1. Gareth Johnson October 17, 2012

          Oh get over yourself. Politics have gone too far.

          I’m so tired of this political correctness bullshit, where we fear exactly how we say something because we might offend SOMEone. How about let’s all try to be less offended by how someone says something, and look at what’s actually being said?

          I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why people are so intent on making themselves miserable.

          1. conchitadelmundo October 18, 2012


            mittens didn’t tell an insensitive joke, gareth. he attempted to prove he is a champion of women, but his “good boss” story was straight out of “office space,” and had quite the opposite affect.

          2. MontagueJohnDruitt October 18, 2012

            You think equal pay for equal work is bullshit political correctness? That was what the question was about. Romney immediately side-stepped that question and prattled on about binders of women (which, despite all of the joking, everyone knows he didn’t mean in an objectifying way). He said nothing in his response that addressed what the audience member asked.

        2. Scott Armour October 18, 2012

          Of course if Michelle doesn’t fully agree with your perspective she must be a he. It is both amazing and sad that those that preach the most about equality and tolerance show the least of both.

      2. N. Kawar October 18, 2012

        Michelle I think you have made an excellent point. Even though I am strongly opposed to the GOP ideology and proposed policies, I have to continuously remind myself to try to be more balanced and less emotional about my position. The fact that the country has become so evenly and violently divided is disturbing, and worrying.

      3. conchitadelmundo December 10, 2012

        well, luckily for women everywhere the people called bullshit. apparently the majority of americans felt mitt was not the shit.

  3. Erik Grad October 17, 2012

    My paraphrasing of his statement – “Since you are a woman, and therefore need to be home to make dinner for your kids, let’s have a flexible schedule for you.”

    My question about his statement is this: If his Chief of Staff had happened to instead be a man, and wanted to leave early to make dinner for his kids, what would Romney have said then?? I think Romney would have told him that is the wife’s job, and that he has to stay late and work.

    1. John Bishop October 17, 2012

      Nah, he wouldn’t have told him anything; just fired him.

  4. Anna October 17, 2012

    This answer tells us so much about this man. He has a natural patronizing and condescending attitude towards woman that I thought went out in the 1960s. The little woman at home needing her protector and provider. I’m in my mid-50s but if my husband had that sort of view, well… I suppose he wouldn’t be my husband.

    1. DukeDacat October 17, 2012

      You have to remember that MitWit was born and raised in a Mormon environment and culture. ”bare foot and pregnant”. is the role of their women…….. certainly Not in the work place………….
      Check out the Mormon Teachings…………….

  5. Anna October 17, 2012

    …and he is a liar too!

  6. Daniel Jones October 17, 2012

    Even his LIES are sexist as hell!

    ALL his personal lies seem to be trying to take credit or take things not his to claim!

    If you women that were so offended about “Mad Men” vote for Mitt Romney, I don’t know what else to say.

  7. Dredycal October 17, 2012

    Again, Romney was trying to get credit for someone else’s idea, “Binder of Qualified Women”. In doing so he made a fool of himself.

  8. Pepe October 17, 2012

    I’d like to point out, that with his boastful years of being a A+++ business man, he never remembered or met any women that felt capable of holding a cabinet position? I’ve been working for 20+ years and can name at least a dozen of women I’d want in my corner.

    1. jdepps113 October 17, 2012

      If all of Romney’s ideas for women cabinet members were women he knows personally and had business dealings with, people would be accusing him of nepotism and corruption.

      I don’t even like the guy much, but it seems that the people on the left side will literally throw anything at this guy, no matter how silly, and feign outrage over the most trivial of things.

      This comment is a non-issue. Anyone who tries to make a big thing over it is revealing their own partisan bias, that literally any little thing the side they oppose says is blown out of proportion in their mind to be a travesty–whereas if Obama had said the exact same thing, none of these same people would even be able to understand how it would even be an issue.

      The right absolutely does this, too…but when it comes to this election cycle, this phenomenon on the left really takes the cake.

      1. Bol_Zon_Chin October 17, 2012

        Do you realize that after four paragraphs you said absolutely nothing regarding the issue? You certainly have an opinion about bipartisan spin-cycles on issues, but you certainly have no objective opinion about equal pay in the workforce or the differences in policy our political parties have regarding this issue.

        1. s37en October 17, 2012

          BOL zon, he hit the nail on the head exactly. and was well thought out. you looney lefties are crazy. why dont you go tweet more racism

          1. Bol_Zon_Chin October 17, 2012

            Because my comment had connotations of racism within? I find it interesting that an accusation of lunacy is coming from a person who is quite apparently inclined to see words manifest before his eyes which were never written.

            If you have an issue with those on the “left,” I harbor no quarrels with this, but focus on the context of the discussion not your unsubstantiated bias.

      2. Barry Day October 17, 2012

        I wish I could like this reply 1000 times!

      3. reetamae October 17, 2012

        Are you kidding me? Obama has been beaten to a pulp since day one, and has maintained his dignity throughout. It never stops, he’s ridiculed and criticized for every piddly little thing. And people call the media liberal. I say this is the other side to the drivel one hears on Fox, etc. Whatever the deal was with the comment on “binders of women,” he did not answer the question that was asked – Is he for equal pay? A “yes or “no” would have sufficed. Of course, Paul Ryan did answer the question this morning, in that pat “Paul Ryan” tone of voice. The man has everything memorized, and he sounds like he’s reciting a mantra every time he opens his mouth.

    2. Bryan October 17, 2012

      I believe his business is more successful than yours.

    3. reetamae October 17, 2012

      Very good point, Pepe! One would think so.

  9. nicholas knowles October 17, 2012

    pretty dumb article. romney’s point, which every woman i’ve ever spoken to has confirmed, is that women absolutely do need flexibility in employment hours if they have kids. enlightened employers understand this, and understand that women can continue to be as productive or even more so with this flexibility. this sort of flexibility lets women push hard to climb a corporate ladder without the fear of sacrificing their personal lives IF they want children. the truly enlightened would extend this sort of flexibility to men, but that’s another story.

    if you want to get serious about pay equity, maybe we should discuss the constantly abused statistic about women’s pay for ‘equal work’. women do not pursue the same employment as men, statistically speaking. as i’ve mentioned, they tend to sacrifice pay to pursue employment with flexibility. if you don’t believe me, check what degrees women graduate with and compare those to the degrees of the average male graduate.

    all that aside, we can compare records very easily here. obama’s administration pays women significantly less. this is his ONLY executive experience, and he’s failed on this measure.

    1. Grace Jones October 17, 2012

      You are so dumb yourself. wonder who would marry you!

      1. Nick October 17, 2012

        Actually Grace your the idoit.

        1. Lynda October 17, 2012

          Back in 70’s our company had the problem of unequal pay up front and in the faces of the women employed. The number of hours was a 40 hour week with three shifts and the women and men did the same work. The problem was solved when we got together, formed the idea of a union shop. It took a little over a year, but we became members of the Teamster Union and everyone got paid the same for equal work. Indeed we had multiple job classifications with different pay scales, but men and women under the same classification got paid the same. No malarky about flex time and alike…just equality in the work place. It is really not a very difficult issue to understand when you look into the matter further.

  10. oztea October 17, 2012

    He addressed the question. “flexibility” is exactly why women are paid less than men.
    Note, no one ever says they are paid a lower wage than men, ALL the stats point out that women earn less over the course of a year.

    Flexibility like: “I can’t be here till 7 or 8, I need to be home by 5”
    Well, that woman is now working from 11 to 5 part time, and her male counterparts ARE working till 7 or 8. When they draw up a salary for her, of course it’s going to be less because she is basicly requesting part time work.

    Women do this all across the work force.
    They take lower paying jobs in the 7am-3pm time slot because they want to be home when the kids get out of school. They miss months, sometimes even quitting entirely to raise their children after birth.

    Women and men are different when you average ALL women and ALL men.
    Compare women who were never married, same education, and same tenure, and this mysterious wage gap disappears.

    I’ll be damned if we have to live in a world where a woman who leaves 2 hours early to be “flexible” is going to get the same salary as a man who stays until the work is finished.
    THAT is discrimination folks. Same pay for less work.

    1. alkonaut October 17, 2012

      Discrimination would be a) saying that a male employee can’t be “flexible” and leave 5 to make dinner, or b) *assuming* that a woman would have to be “flexible”, and thus offer lower pay or even giving the job to a man instead.

      It’s fair to say that even suggesting that women often need to, (or want to) be more flexible is very close to unacceptable in itself coming from an employer or politician. The job of a politician or employer that is honest about equality is to encourage men go home to make dinner. Paying women less so they can be flexible is not that.

      1. callousone October 17, 2012

        I get what you’re saying, and I am by NO means a Romney supporter, but in this particular statement he was saying that she requested to work less time. I think what he means is that the statistics reflect that more women than men do this, not that he automatically pays them less because he assumes they need the flexibility.

      2. Gareth Johnson October 17, 2012

        You may be reading this from the wrong direction. This is simple cause and effect — women are asking for flexibility, and thus getting paid less *total.* The issue isn’t that employers, from the get-go, are paying women less “so they can be flexible.”

        The problem may lie in the household, or it may not be a problem at all… but let’s not have politicians watch their words when speaking to us about statistics. I’d rather have an honest politician than one who talks to me just right.

    2. monica October 17, 2012

      You raise a good point, but I would like to see some numbers backing up the disappearance of the wage gap between single, well educated, women and men in like circumstances.

      I believe the crux of the issue is that the wage gap is still there, and that many people offer the same arguments you’ve offered to back up the disparity in pay.

    3. Laura Burns October 17, 2012

      Exactly why men should be given the same flexibility in the workplace as women and why men should be expected to do the same amount of childcare and housework as women. Apparently it’s never occurred to Romney that men should be expected to shoulder the burden of raising a family just as much as women should. That’s because his sexism is so deep that it defines his very outlook on life.

    4. elw October 17, 2012

      You statement is so full of holes and out of touch with what goes on in the workforce that it is comical. I worked in management for large corporations for many decades and the number of women who work part-time in the manner you speak of are so few they have little affect on statistics. Most working women with small children work full-time and put in as many hours as men. I do not know where you get your statistic from but they are wrong and twisted. I think you made them up.

    5. whoever3 October 17, 2012

      Well, then, the fathers’ should cook the meals (and all other household chores) 50% of the time. Then, this gap should completely disappear. That’s a little harder to regulate though. Men don’t carry their weight because they aren’t expected to. (of course, I’m speaking in general…there are amazing exceptions)

      1. Gareth Johnson October 17, 2012

        This is the kind of comment that gets me going. Imagine had I said “women don’t carry their weight because they aren’t expected to.” I’d be crucified, and you know it. How incredibly sexist of you. And yet men don’t get worked up about comments like this because they’re expected not to.

        The woman, OR man who leaves early to take care of the kids is carrying her or his own weight at home while the other works, and the woman OR man who stays extra hours at work [or completes a full shift] is carrying her or his own weight at work while the other is at home.

    6. Samarth Jain October 17, 2012

      You know, you can still be flexible by giving the same salary to women. The idea here is not to send home all women with same paycheck amount without them working for less hours (in your example). If a woman wants flexibility she will get it, and her salary would be prorated based on the vacations she takes, but at least sign a contract with her with same salary as her male peers (with same skill level).

  11. ufda October 17, 2012

    Am I the only one who heard Romney refer to “Illegals” during the immigration reform segment in the presidential debate? Why is there no outrage about this?

    1. Nick October 17, 2012

      Maybe because the phrase accurately describes people who are here illegally and using tax payer money? You can tell when a party has lost a debate when they point to the other parties phraseology and not to the content. If you look at this and Romney’s discussions in context you will see why neither discussion was offensive.

  12. elw October 17, 2012

    Mitts response to the question about equal pay for women was very revealing. He seems to stuck in the time period where men worked and women took care of the children and to believe the myth that women do not make good employees because they need to take care of the children. I guess he didn’t plan to pay them enough to afford good child care. I would assume that any woman he hired would have been experienced enough to be past the time in life that her children were still living at home. Or, maybe he was only considering the clerical positions for the women in the biders. Why would anyone vote for him? He is so out of touch it is sad.

  13. bcarreiro October 17, 2012

    He knows that it would no longer be a mans world………..remember, it never was.

  14. Sand_Cat October 17, 2012

    If Romney was closing the gender gap, a lot of the women in this country must be as dumb as the men.

  15. jdepps113 October 17, 2012

    I think the people who want to convince me to be outraged over this or that innocuous choice of words are the ones who are out of touch.

    I’m not particularly a fan of Romney, but making a big thing over this comment, to me, seems ridiculous.

  16. Adam Casey October 17, 2012

    If you think that was “the most offensive answer in the history of American presidential debates” you’ve not listened to many. Crass and stupid yes, but look at the competition.

  17. RWFG October 17, 2012

    You mean the woman with a relationship and obvious political bias towards Obama?

    She got it all wrong and this article is just another Obama commercial.

    Obama stood in the rose garden and did not label this attack; he was speaking in general and in context of 9-11 and violence globally. This administration spent weeks spreading false information to the American people.

    I do find it amusing that the progressives are willing to make poor attempts at rewriting history that we can all plainly read for ourselves.

    Your bias is disgusting, and counter to the merits of critical thinking.

  18. Lynda October 17, 2012

    Why not just say you believe in equal pay for equal work and move on? Apparently he can’t because he does not believe that is the way is should be. The war on women is alive and well in the Mitt camp. However, that was a nice little story about cabinet packing. Can this guy get and further out of touch with the lives of women in this country?

  19. christean lawson October 17, 2012

    I hope during the next debate someone has an extra foot to share with Mitt, because he has already stuck his two in his mouth. If hes not for the Lilly Leadbetter Act im not for him, and GENTLEMEN let me school you to “binders full of women 101” I work monday through friday 7:30 am till 4:30 pm at a family owned car dealership, I am a title clerk whom has gained my experience working up the latter, I know better then anyone how it is to be treated unfair because I am a woman! Its bad enough I pay 42.68 a week for medical through Medical Mutual, who BTW wont cover my prescription for birth control. Lets talk about fair for a moment, is it fair that I am perfectly healthy and pay $170 a month for medical coverage that wont pay for a contraceptive? Is it fair I am, a Orthodox Christian who respects the views and opinions of others and yet I have White Protestan Men who try to decicde the fate of my Uterus? Is it fair I grew up in a Ethnic European Middle Class family but I have the decendants of former slave owners that refer to me as poor? Tell me whats fair? I think the problem lies with the segragation of our society. “Dont give the black man food, give red man liquor, red man fool, black man n***a, give yellow man tool, make him pull gold from river, give the black man crack, glocks and things, give the red man craps, slot machines” -Lupe Fiasco

    1. Toddy Telemarketer October 17, 2012

      christean lawson –

      The unabashed sincerity of your post is touching. Every day Americans like you soul search for the indecencies we find so lacking in our lives today. You seem to connect the dots of the discrepencies that those who are vying to be our next leaders fail to recognize.

      Claiming (no, bragging) to have the magicmath solution to providing good jobs for all, but what good is it when you see and personally experience intolerance?

      Claiming to restore American hegemony but not recognizing the fundamentals of how greed has lopsided the fight for economic parity for over 47% of the consituency.

      Being informed by imprinted Mormon philosphy and a socialistic bent by which it is practiced by caring and sharing among its committed baptized devotees, but at the same time seeming to deny that governing a diverse nation as ours requires a balancing of policies that will disown the tenets of a plutocratic society with an appropriately democratic one.

      The Romney platform provides nothing new.

  20. Silbergrau Katz October 17, 2012

    Lets discuss the subject in context. When Romney entered office, none of the seniors in the upper MA administration were female. By the time he completed his cabinet, it was 50% female.

    In order to balance the cabinet, his existing staff brought in binders with resumes belonging to women. If you want to pivot on the phrase “binders of women” you can do so. But most women are going to see through the word-rant to the end result, i.e. Romney saw a gender imbalance in his staff and corrected it promptly.

    BTW, the 2012 GOP convention included a testimonial from a former female Democratic staffer. describing Romney as boss who was a pleasure to work with.

    It’s actions and sincere recommendations that convince the undecided, not rants around single phrase taken out of context. That being said—please carry on in this vein for the next few weeks. Thanks.

  21. s37en October 17, 2012

    only a true liberal idiot would find this offensive. ive seen many binders full of all types of people. is it that difficult to actually get a job out there where you can see this? i geuss so with all the hate from the left. its sad. tweets saying they will assassinate romney,. and the FBI not looking into it. jsut pathetic pathetic pathetic the looney left is a bunch of racists.

  22. raymondvalitos223 October 17, 2012

    While I watch my company get torn apart by layoffs this week I can’t express enough how much I don’t care about Romney’s inability to speak well and the lame outrage people claim to have as a result. Way to distract from real issues.

  23. Lynda October 17, 2012

    Well let’s see. Apparently Mitt believes that if the workforce get scarce enough the employers will be desperate and willing to hire women and maybe even pay them the same. Thanks much dear Mitt, but I can do without your sophomoric beliefs about womens lives.

  24. Janet Nye October 17, 2012

    The thing is, parents of either sex want to get home to be with their children. By singling out women as the only parent who need that flexibility, Mr. Romney showed a bias that the mother should be the only one making sacrifices in the workplace for her family. He put no burden of child care on the fathers. Again, showing his expectation that women *should be* at home with the kids.

  25. jcbsdriver October 17, 2012

    This comment of “binders of women” has similar connections to Romney’s attitude towards people than he does not accept into his social, moral and elitist circles the same as the 47% comment had to a different demographic he does not feel is on the same level as he, his family and his wealthy friends.
    This comment is also degrading, demoralizing and insulting, in some ways just as much as the 47% comment. If Romney believes(and I am sure he does) that half of the country will not take personal responsibility for themselves because they receive “entitlements”, it is safe to assume that he believes women are also inferior. As I am sure every other minority is also inferior in his mind.
    Voters seem to have forgotton the 47% comment but here it is again in a slightly different form. This time spoken on stage at a televised debate in answer to a question from a woman in the audience. Romney has confirmed for all his true feelings and thoughts without any misinterpretation or ability to claim this comment was said in front of donors to placate them in order to raise donations.
    The degradfing, demoralizing, insulting and elitist Romney is the real Romney.

  26. Andrew Fader October 17, 2012

    Come on now, more offensive than defending slavery?

  27. mc1964 October 18, 2012

    In spite of all the issues in this election, this comment could be what decides the outcome.

    1. RedinDenver October 18, 2012

      That’s absolutely ridiculous….. I’m a female AND an Independent, and I think this non-issue is even more idiotic than the Dems making an issue of Big Bird. Why can’t you people ever talk about REAL issues that affect women’s lives? Having worked in Human Resources for years, we used phrases like ‘a file full of women’ or ‘a stack of minorities’ all the time in referring to various separations of thousands of resumes.

      When you can’t battle on the issues, nit-pick on a word or phrase.

  28. Josh October 19, 2012

    Dishonest. Crowley walked back her fact-check immediately after the debate. Obama did not explicitly call it an act of terror in the speech and she recognized that. If you have the memory of a gnat, you’ll recall that all his surrogates and Obama himself were talking up the “film protest” story on every show, including Obama on Letterman. Which is it? Did he call it a terror attack, then lie about it afterwards, or did he not explicitly call it a terror attack in that speech, in which case, he just lied and the debate and the biased moderator let him get away with it? One or the other must be true.

  29. Sue Colantoni October 19, 2012

    Talk about dodging the question. Does he even know how to give a straight answer??
    Give us a break.. Simple question deserves a simple answer a Yes or No will do. Romney for Pres really???

  30. Ri Sch October 22, 2012

    I’m a little confused, but maybe I’m just not reading it right. Your last paragraph begins with the sentence, “Mitt Romney had started to close the gender gap.” In what way had he begun to do that? I was under the impression that Mittens was all about … maybe this is too harsh a word, but all about debasing women. Was he, actually, at one point, in favor of women’s equality?


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