Does Mitt Romney Support The Equal Pay Act? He Will ‘Get Back To You On That’


Biggest loser Mitt Romney employs some real lumps, as evidenced by a spokesperson’s comment Wednesday regarding the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which, in the words of its namesake, and YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS, but, heh, Mr. Romney doesn’t, “ensures women have the tools to get equal pay for equal work.” When Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein asked during a Romney conference call whether Romney supported the act, there was a long pause, and then a gentleman responded, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” A million political years later, another spokesperson, who may or may not have a Twitter Problem, finally coughed up a response — on Twitter, because that is where she feels most comfortable. It went something like: (flirtatious eye roll, dismissive hand gesture): “You sillies.” Away from the prying eyes of Twitter, a vase of flowers was thrown across a room.

There is some backstory here, namely that the Romney camp has been saying things all week about how the “war on women” was really started by General Barack Obama, and that “92 percent” of jobs lost under the Obama Administration have belonged to women. QUE? So! Among other things the conference call was, not that the Romney camp even knew this, intended to delve deeper into those remarks.

Here is the audio from the conference call!

OH BUT THEY ARE BACK! Watch your back:

As an aside, can you imagine having Mitt Romney as your Twitter wallpaper, as Andrea Saul does?

Anyway, very quickly, the Obama team got Lily Ledbetter herself to release a statement on Romney’s non-remarks:

I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This Act not only ensures women have the tools to get equal pay for equal work, but it means their families will be better served also. Women earn just 77 cents to every dollar that men earn for the same job, which is why President Obama took decisive action and made this the first bill that he signed when he took office

Does Obama support jobs for women? omen? en? n?

Andrea Saul got off Twitter for a sec to tell the media that they are being DICKS! No, really, just to say that, in the words of Talking Points Memo:

Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act…

Fairies will continue to get paid. Good. [Talking Points Memo, Various Twitter Accounts]

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    1. sewollef

      Or jousting ponies. I hear they're all the rage in the Hannity household.

      And we know how you women loves ponies…

    2. JustPixelz

      These guys don't believe in money. Newt pays Callista in diamonds. Rick Santorum gives his wife the gift of pregnancy.

        1. BornInATrailer

          Why are you people talking about Santorum and equal pay for women? He can't get past the equal work.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            And all the time off from infections in ditches. Don't forget the infections. I will NEVER be able to get Newt talking about such things out of my head.

          2. SorosBot

            While we menfolk are busy hunting giraffes for the family. And this was the "intellectual" Republican candidate!

    3. HippieEsq

      Not when it takes her half a day to tell him how to answer a question about women. Will Mitt enjoy firing Ann for not being around to answer the question!?!?!

  1. noodlesalad

    "Romney campaign stumbles badly, then claims Obama is Even Worser" as a story line is not going to get tired at all for the next, let's see, ohmygodsevenmonthswheredidIputmypills…

    1. Callyson

      Oh, were those *your* pills?


  2. metamarcisf

    I miss Ricky. One of the high points of the primary campaign occurred in an early debate. Rick Santorum posed this foreign policy question: If Iran attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help? Mitt said it wouldn’t. Newt said it does for him.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      I see what you did there, you stole that from the "Letters from the Editors" section of the late 1970's National Lampoon. Good job resuscitating a classic.

  3. Callyson

    Oh God, how long until the campaign releases the next sappy video by Ann Romney, telling us about how great her hubby is, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention from this crap?

    1. Chet Kincaid

      "You can't imagine all the showering and rough-housing those boys got into when Mitt would come home! They even had secret games they were never supposed to tell 'good ol' Mom' about!!"

  4. ManchuCandidate

    Note to Ms Saul: Considering that it's guys like or who support Mittens who are largely responsibility for a considerable number of the job losses… nice try loser.

  5. SexySmurf

    “92 percent” of jobs lost under the Obama Administration have belonged to women.

    The other 8% belonged to the other people.

    1. HELisforHEL

      Oh Andrea, so young. You have learned the Republican strategy well–just make up totally false bullshit, rinse, repeat.

  6. Callyson

    Also, even Politico sees through Mittens' claim about women losing 92% of the jobs under Obama:

    There’s a simple reason why job losses look worse for women during Obama’s presidency: Almost 3.3 million men were fired during the George W. Bush’s last year in office, while the losses for women were more drawn out over time.


    On a Romney campaign surrogates conference call to bash President Barack Obama's stewardship of the economy Wednesday morning, officials faced a series of questions about the campaign's recent argument that 92 percent of jobs lost during the recession were held by women.
    Three separate times the surrogates, who included Lanhee Chen, the campaign's chief policy adviser, were asked what specifically about Obama's policies are bad for women, and three times the campaign offered no specifics.


  7. DaRooster

    "I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families."

    Just hang out a while… he will change his mind… and back again…

    1. biblioteq_tress

      One of the nastier little things Romney has done lately is imposed his flippetyness on his own mother. She was pro-choice, until Willard found that inconvenient and posthumously changed her mind for her. Wait a minute… just.. like…posthumous…conversion…mormon…mormon…OOOH.

      1. SorosBot

        Or his stepfather, who was an atheist until after he was dead and Mittens had him baptized as a Mormon.

  8. Fare la Volpe

    Of course Mitt Romney supports pay equity for women.

    He believes men and women should both receive slave wages.

  9. biblioteq_tress

    To be fair, Bain Capital fired women at proportionally equal rates to men. So, yay, girls!

  10. Lizzietish81

    Sure he'll kill Planned Parenthood and doesn't think that birth control is really a women's issue, but sure he'll let us keep our jobs for now.

  11. JustPixelz

    To be fair, when Romney was laying people off, he supported equal no-pay for men and women.

  12. bureaucrap

    "I think it's clear that I have always believed whatever you believe. Just don't make me say it."

  13. FakaktaSouth

    I got the distinct impression they had no idea what the Lily Ledbetter Act was when the question was asked, so ya know, they suck there too. I wonder who Mitt is going to specifically to find out what he says on this? Anyone have any idea? Is it Karl now?

  14. sewollef

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama"

    Really? Now I wonder what orifice she [or Mittens] pulled that little cracker out of?

    I'd love a real journalist to call him on that stat…. and provide a citation.

    1. freakishlywrong

      When Dubya was hemorrhaging 800,000 jawbs a month, most of those jawbs were man-jawbs. Now that all the mens were laid off, the womens are just catching up, thus, this absurd talking point.

      1. Deportably_Jose

        Not only that, but coming up with that particular figure requries counting the entire month of January 2008, which is pretty funny, since Obama was only president for 10 days of that month.

        Also too, ignoring the fact that the biggest source of predominantly-woman teacher-and-healthcare layoffs comes in the form of the wingnut-endorsed austerity measures, but that's actually fine, because Republicans like blaming Obama for the consequences of policies that they agitate for, by saying "weak leadership" over and over again.

        1. sullivanst

          Also too, ignoring the fact that the biggest source of predominantly-woman teacher-and-healthcare layoffs comes in the form of the wingnut-endorsed austerity measures

          That would be "teacher" layoffs, there were at no time mass healthcare layoffs. In fact healthcare employment increased throughout the recession (unfortunately the BLS's graphs are not directly linkable, but if you go here and click the dinosaur on the line form "Employment, All Employees" you see the lack of a dip).

          Teacher layoffs were caused by wingnut-enacted austerity measures – that President Obama sought directly to prevent or limit with the transfers to states in ARRA.

  15. SorosBot

    Of course Mitt supports equal pay for women; he just thinks that women who do face pay discrimination shouldn't have adequate legal resources to get recompensed for that discrimination. No biggie!

  16. Goonemeritus

    Even Romney's organization can’t keep up with his own Parties conspiratorial positions. If I didn’t think he was a soulless Wall Street vampire I might actually pity him.

  17. mrblifil

    The fair pay issue is somewhat distorted in that large amounts of undeclared income in the form of cash stuffed into G-strings is rarely taken into account.

        1. iburl

          We can assure you that there are instructions that none of the video of the probes will be shared beyond the contractors' and government's own internal networks.

  18. MissTaken

    Why should women get paid to work, anyways? It's not like doing dishes and mopping floors is actual work.

    1. ChernobylSoup

      We think you should at least be compensated for the bunking parties with tickle fights.

    2. SorosBot

      You should just be happy driving your kids to soccer practice and getting your allowance from your husband!

    3. Steverino247

      By this logic, women should only be paid for "jobs" such as blow jobs and hand jobs.

      Hmm. I'd hate to have to start paying for such loving services at this late date, though. Can I just pay you for doing the dishes and mopping the floors so I can pretend you like me enough to give me those other services for free?

      1. widestanceromance

        It's the cost of those BJs why we need to make more money, but the vag-ramming feminazis keep it all hushed up.

    4. UnholyMoses

      Speaking of which … you missed a spot. Over there. By the fridge.
      –Mitt, right before firing you

    5. Wile E. Quixote

      Well of course it isn't. You women all have servants to do it for you while you lounge around and eat bonbons.

  19. BaldarTFlagass

    I'm sure Mitt will enjoy the hell out of firing Andrea this November when she joins the rest of his entire campaign staff on the unemployment line following his electoral sodomization by Obie.

  20. Not_So_Much

    In fairness, Mormon women mostly do crafts and baking while constantly pregnant. It's not like they need money for anything other than canning turnips and butter-beans. As long as they ask their shared Celestial God husband nicely to borrow the checkbook, there's no story here.

  21. OneYieldRegular

    There's another election going on across the Atlantic, where French First Lady Carla Bruni, from one of Europe's wealthiest families and who always dresses so chicly, is suddenly just hanging out in sweats and t-shirts and having "Tupperware" parties (I kid you not) to convince women to vote for her husband, who is currently polling abysmally among women. I predict that multimillionairess Ann Romney will soon undergo a similar transformation.

  22. anniegetyerfun

    I went on a couple of dates with a man who turned out to be a gun nut and an anti-abortionist (he seemed smart at first), and he had the same job as me. Only he had been doing it for two years, as opposed to my seven years, and he made 30% more.

    When I finally saw his work, I was horrified. But he DID have a penis (not that I ever saw it), and apparently that's worth more in the tech world.

    1. widestanceromance

      Settle down, little lady. You don't want to be in a cross mood when your more-money-making, policy-understanding husband comes home from a long day. He'll feel you don't understand him and he will be forced to find a real woman.*

      *for what it's worth, I cringed when I typed that. so all you hysterical womens can just settle as well.

    2. Wile E. Quixote

      I wonder what would happen if Andrea Saul got her hands on the salary spreadsheet for the Rmoney campaign?

    3. Wile E. Quixote

      Hmmmm, now I'm wondering if i should bring up my penis in my next annual review. "Hey, for what it's worth did I mention that I have a penis? Just wanted to let you know in case you were wondering." I mean my boss might be taking my penis for granted.

  23. Guppy

    Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama.

    Apparently operating a tanning bed is woman's work.

  24. anniegetyerfun

    You'd think Romney could find someone to come up with these answers. You know, like politial advisors, who are aware of things like policy and current affairs.

    1. ChernobylSoup

      Seems months of primaries consumed with make believe issues didn't prepare them too well.

  25. rickmaci

    How will we know when Romoney or one of his spokesholes is talking? Listen for the sound of flipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflop.

  26. spends2much

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama.

    I think Mittens means that 92% of the "help" he fired last year were maids and such, since he needs men to work the car elevators.

  27. Wilcoxyz

    Mitt's plan is to Mormon marry all Merikun women and give them each their own Austrian warmblood dressage horse and a credit card.

  28. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Mitt Romney supports the rights of men AND women to work an honest day for an honest half-day's wages.

  29. BaldarTFlagass

    I wonder if old Andrea there gets paid the same amount as Mitt's male spokes-holes. I wonder if she has ever asked.

  30. owhatever

    Etchy Sketchy asked in surprise, "Women work? Like getting paid to fold laundry and stuff?"

  31. ttommyunger

    Well, well, well! Seems like Mrs. Romney got her wish; we're seeing Mittens unzipped and lo and behold: a dick! A very small, selfish woman-hating dick.

  32. Chet Kincaid

    Governor Romney supports the Leadbelly Act, which mandates that homeless black girls must sleep in the pines, where the sun don't shine and the cold wind blows.

    1. James Michael Curley

      I've been looking for "Howard Hughes" by Leadbelly. I haven't heard it performed since the mid-70's. Know it?

        1. James Michael Curley

          Thanks, I forgot about youtube. I’m still lamenting the carpet bombing of Napster by the RIAA. Now to sit down figure out the lyrics and do the Mitt Romney version. Any volunteers?

  33. CapnFatback

    Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act…

    Fairies will continue to get paid. Good

    Screw that noise. I'm tired of fantastical creatures taking away jobs from hard-working American tax payers.

  34. OneYieldRegular

    "Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act"

    And Rick Santorum's indignation knows no bounds.

  35. Troglodeity

    Reporter: "Gov. Romney, do you support equal pay for women?" (Long silence.) Romney flack: "Um, we'll get back to you on that."

    To quote Rick Perry: "Oops."

  36. MissTaken

    ♫ I can bring home the bacon (well, 75% of it)
    Fry it up in a pan (cuz that's also my job)
    And never let you forget you're a man (who makes way more money than me doing the same damn job you fucking dick)
    Cause I'm a woman ♫

    1. Man0nTheStreet

      As long as you remain barefoot and pregnant while doing all that chick-stuff, the RMoney/Santorum 2012 campaign approves.

  37. gout

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama."

    Dropped the ball there. Could have sold repealing LL as looking out for the best interests of women because a lot more of them will have jobs if they cost a third less.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'm 97.55% sure that that number is totally made-up bullshit.
      And that's not just because there's been a net gain of jobs under Obama

  38. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Republicans support equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. This means that women have every right to try and make as much as men for the same job, and that employers have the right to say "Nice try."

  39. finallyhappy

    I sent a tweet to Andrea-telling her that it would be sad day in America if I listened to her .It was 5 things you should know about Barack Obama-I didn't read them but I am pretty sure they are 1. Black 2. Muslim 3. Kenyan 4. Democrat 5. Black

  40. Man0nTheStreet

    Providing "equal pay" to all the sister-wives and sister-daughters-in-law of RMoney Family Enterprises, LLC (Incorporated in a Swiss bank) is prohibitively expensive!!

  41. Wilcoxyz

    Please, some reporter ask Mittens how much "allowance" Ann gets. And does she have to do chores?

  42. HippieEsq

    Gee those stats cited by Mitt/Ms. Saul sure make it seem like it's easier for employers to FIRE woman than their male counterparts. hhmmmmmmm?

  43. Limeylizzie

    OT Criminal charges will be filed against George Zimmerman ,news conference tonight at 6.00pm EST.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Just realised he is a Perujew, Peruvian and Jewish, that has to be against the law in Florida.

  44. Antispandex

    It's just a theory, and I am partial to it only because it is mine, but I believe when you have to have a spokesperson look something up, then tell you what it means, and then formulate your respose…well, I know it sounds crazy and unfair…but I just think you may be bullshitting. It's the cynic in me.

  45. ElPinche

    When Mitt can't answer a simple question, his water carrying tools will respond..wrongly. Is that a Mormon thing?

  46. SkinnyNerd

    Ugh, this guy sounds like my former boss.

    Skinnynerd: When am I getting that promotion you promised me?
    Asshole: I will get back to you on that.

  47. Warwhatgoodfor

    Well. I don't really like Leadbelly that much, but all the folks working in my kitchen say he was the best. Wait, what?

  48. DahBoner

    If any chick wants to sue her employer for not paying her enough, she should hire a female lawyer. Because for some strange reason, they're cheaper…

    That's because they're always taking off early to pick up the kids and the magic underwear from the cleaners…

  49. lochnessmonster

    But aren't the wimunz supposed to be birthing and cookin? Their men should be bringing home the bacon so they can cook it!

  50. Toomush_Infer

    Sometimes I feel like I should just take morphine and die….oh, that was the other Ledbetter?…never mind….goodnight, Irene…

  51. Xan

    So the wingnuts decimate the public sector, a huge employer of women, and then blame Obama for women losing jobs. Classic.

  52. labman57

    Standard Romney retort when asked by an interviewer to state his policy position on an important issue: "Uh, which position would your viewers and listeners like me to take?"

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      I heard that for a couple of years Mitt took the missionary position, but I'm not sure it counts because it was in France and you know what they say about the French. "Ze French they are a silly race. Zey fight with their feet and make babies with their face."

  53. Wile E. Quixote

    So let's see if I have my math straight. Women account for 92 percent of the jobs lost under Obama, but they get paid 1/3rd less and Obama is half blah and blahs only count for being 3/5ths of a human being so obviously this proves that we need a capital gains tax cut.

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