Mitt Stays Mum On Equal Pay (Good Luck w/ The Lady Vote!)
In case you’ve been wondering why that nice Mitt Romney has a problem with women voters, here’s a perfect illustration. We’ve already had to endure the spectacle of Mitt being unable to answer whether or not he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act had he been president at the time. Now Mitt is again dodging the question of fair pay.
The Senate is expected to soon bring the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote again. The last time around in 2010, Republicans filibustered it to death; but this year, their problem with female voters makes the outcome a little more uncertain. Naturally, the GOP’s presumptive leader should have an opinion?
The very conservative Washington Times thought so, too — but they can’t get an answer out of Mitt:
Business groups are opposed to the new legislation, saying it would create a legal morass — but Mr. Romney, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, has been silent.
His campaign didn’t respond to five messages left over the past week seeking his stance on the Paycheck Fairness Act. In April, when he was fending off questions about his stance on women’s compensation, his campaign would only say he “supports pay equity” but would not say any more about the new legislation. (emphasis mine)
Perhaps Mitt is hoping to remain silent until after the vote, and then hopes it will go away as an issue, but I doubt he’ll be so lucky. Sooner or later, Romney’s going to have to publicly answer whether he stands with “business” or women. My guess? He’ll half-heartedly mouth some platitudes about fairness for women (that the “market” can be trusted to fix) after the vote is done. (Presumably with other Republicans defeating the bill for him.)