At Tuesday night’s town hall-style presidential debate at Hofstra University, Mitt Romney declared that he had received “binders full of women” from colleagues while working with Bain. Within literally seconds, a Twitter handle was made honoring the comment, the web domains BindersFullofWomen.com and BindersFullofWomen.net were scooped up. According to Politico, both the Binders sites were bought by Bradley Beychock, the campaign director for the super PAC American Bridge, a group founded by Media Matters founder David Brock. Touche, internet. Touche. Take a look at Romney’s Binders Full of Women comment in the video below.
Romney’s Binders Full of Women Comment [VIDEO]
The exact question to which Romney was responding, posed by a young woman named Katherine Fenton, read:
In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?
President Obama responded first, advocating the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — the first piece of legislation he enacted.
When it was Romney’s turn to speak, he started, “I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men, and I – and I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are – are all men?’ They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ ”
Romney went on to say he asked for “a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.”
Then, finally, the sound bite we’ll be hearing until November 6th…and probably weeks after…
“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.”
Well, it’s unclear what exactly Romney meant by this…but the internet is sure to make it’s thoughts and opinions known.
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