Romney campaign on whether women should be paid fairly: “We’ll get back to you on that”

Remember that whole women problem that the Republicans definitely don’t have?

I think it just got a whole lot worse.

On a media call this morning, when asked if he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which helps ensure women get paid fairly, the Romney camp refused to answer. Audio of Romney campaign aides saying “we’ll get back to you on that” after being asked about the bill can be found here.

The ridiculous and dodgy comment inspired the hashtag #WellGetBackToYouOnThat on Twitter.

As you all know, the Lilly Ledbetter Act is an important piece of feminist history. It was signed just three years ago, when it became the first bill Obama signed as President in January 2009. It would be pretty absurd for Romney not to support it, but it is perhaps even more absurd that his aides don’t know where he stands on it. This latest move only serves to underscore how little thought is being devoted to courting the vote of women in this Republican election. And I have the feeling they are going to pay for it. In fact, polls indicate that they already are.

The Romney camp said an answer to the question will be forthcoming- I’m not sure I’d hold my breath but I will be sure to update this post when they do.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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  • Caroline

    As a strong supporter of the republican party and a conservative myself this appalls me. It sends the wrong message about the party alluding we all think women belong at a secretary desk or at home, rasing the kids, cleaning, and making her husband sandwiches. Women DO deserve equal pay.

  • Bethany

    I know it’s Romney but it’s really telling that they don’t even have a position on it. That’s how trivial women’s issues are to the campaign. Just tell his nice blonde wife to say a few words and that will cover all the ground…on equal pay, reproductive rights, women in politics, sex education…

  • emily

    An answer to this question with by forthcoming? That’s dumb. The fact that he actually said “We’ll get back to you on that” just makes me cringe! It’s like he’s stalling to come up with a way to politely say what he really feels.

  • Chelsea

    Mitt Romney can’t hold in his views on women and equal pay for too long… They’ll eventually come out and probably not at the appropriate time. It sickens me the number of women who do not understand the severity of this. I have friends, who don’t have that much knowledge about the current presidential election, but are in favor of Romney. Why in the world would you ever want a president who thinks you should be a secretary and receive significantly less than what a man makes?! This is an issue I highly stress on my friends to try to influence their vote. Our vote as women is CRUCIAL.