Mitt Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' Remark Tells Voters Everything They Need to Know (VIDEO)

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mitt romney presidential debate october 16 hofstraWell, that's one more 2012 presidential debate said and done, and I'm sure the only thing both Democrats and Republicans will be able to agree upon tomorrow will be that both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney looked faaabulous in their Schiaparelli pink outfits. Yep, the wives sure made quite the impression! But not as much as Mitt's "Binders Full of Women"!

Yeah, haven't you met them? They're the women Mitt Romney used to prove he's all about equal rights and pay in the workplace! In response to a young woman named Katherine Fenton's question about females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn, Gov. Romney talked about how when he was elected in Massachusetts, he made "a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet." He continued, "I went to a number of women's groups said 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women!" Say whaaaat?!

OF COURSE everyone on Twitter jumped on the phrase, making it a top trending topic, just like Big Bird was in the first debate. A "Binders Full of Women" Tumblr sprang up ASAP, too. And just like all the Big Bird/Jim Lehrer/PBS jokes from October 3, these "Binders" gags are hilarious. But, at the same time, the insta-meme is another scary illustration of what a stark contrast there is between the two candidates.

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First of all, who SAYS something so completely condescending and sexist like that -- referring to potential female hires as "binders full of women"?! Sure, blame that tired old excuse that "words don't always come out the right way," but there's a reason that phrase jumped out at people. It's because it reflects how Mitt Romney really feels about women. But binders aside, there was still plenty of other proof tonight of where the Real Romney stands on crucial women's issues:

  • Here's the concise answer to Ms. Fenton's Q: Gov. Romney does not and would not support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, whereas President Obama signed it as one of his first acts as POTUS and continues to fight for it.
  • Under pressure from Obama, who noted that under the Affordable Care Act, "insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who's insured, because this is not just a health issue, it's an economic issue," Mitt Romney claimed, "I don't believe employers should tell someone whether they have contraceptive care or not." Hello, massive FLIP-FLOP! Here's the fact-check.
  • And, by the way, Mitt Romney would cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which millions of women rely on for contraceptive care, but also cancer (breast and cervical) screenings.
  • Somehow, Romney's response to a question on gun control led to blaming women who have children out of wedlock. Specifically, he said people should get married before they have children, and children should have two parents. (Even if they're gay, Governor?) And somehow this will combat gun violence. So, single moms, sounds like Romney says you're who's to blame for shootings like the horror in Aurora, Colorado this past summer.

Eerily enough, all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. We'll be giggling about how absurd his "Binders Full of Women" remark sounded for days, I'm sure, but sadly, there's nothing funny about this: You don't need to look through any stinkin' binder to see Romney's policies in action would be a horror show for women's rights and progress.

Here's the "binders" moment if you missed it ...

What was your reaction to the "Binders Full of Women" remark? What do you think of Mitt Romney's policies on women's issues?


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shesl... shesliketx

I had the same impression. In fact my fb status about the remark: mitt, stop trying to flatter yourself. Women rank below the dog you transport on the roof of your car, in your mind. Your dancing horse is above us." Someone said "dancing horses are pretty cool."

I responded: but women and men being paid the same amount of money for doing the same job is even cooler.

Amie Nogrady

I would love for him to sit down at a table across from me and tell me how I, a single mother of three pretty great kids and all of the parents just like me are to blame for gun violence. I can just see the NRA ads now. "Guns don't kill people, single mothers do."   Grrrrrr.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

Wow. Incredibly intellectual and right on the money. That is EXACTLY what he said. (Dripping with sarcasm) smh.

OKgirl OKgirl

Grasping at straws...

Bruic... Bruickson

Unfortunately I had to miss the debate but I've watched the clip you posted twice and I didn't hear him say anything about "binders full of women". Can you please post a clip where I can hear this. I'm trying to figure out what the big deal is suppose to be?

Valda... ValdaThomas

Bruickson, I listened to it twice and you can see where the tape was edited over that comment I presume. Looks like that remark was intentionally taken out.

nonmember avatar Karen

I thought this whole segment of the debate was obnoxious. How he made it seem like he was SO wonderful to go out and hunt down a few qualified women after the only "qualified" candidates presented to him were men... as if it was like finding a needle in a haystack to find a few of us smart women, and then OMG, what do you know... he gets the honor of saying he has the most women in his cabinet in all 50 states! Really? You don't think we realize that maybe the reason you went on such an exhaustive search for women to hire is to be able to claim that accomplishment? Of course you let them go home early at the end of the day, those women's main job was to help you pretend you gave two craps about workplace equality anyway.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Pretty much the biggest "throw under the bus moment" was this!!

Single moms and dads being the reason for violence like the Aurora shootings....?????? Wtf???

Shut up Mitt.

Linda Gooch

You are absolutely right . . . that is if you flush
the bible down the toilet. I may be old fashioned
but I'm sticking with the Truth!

Marilyn Navan

Autumnleaves87 Mitt Romney said in the debate tonight that he feels there is a break down of the nucleus family in American and as a professional child advocate I can attest to many studies that show a correlation between living in a single parent home and being more apt to get involved in undesirable behaviors which may lead to violence. If you listened to the debate, Mitt Romney says "there are many great single moms and single dads." However with the language you use and the manner in which you express yourself, I suspect you aren't one of them.

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