Saturday, April 21, 2012
Written by 'James' Editor of the Obama in the White House Blog
Are Republicans attacking womens rights? One day after Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, Mitt Romney tried to shore up more support, as his campaign committee held a conference call on the Obama Economy and womens issues. It was an attempt to stop what most people conceive as a war on women that Republicans now are labeled for. Mr Romney comes out and publically states that it is President Obama who has a war on women problem. The republican campaign convened a conference call with the press to futher push this "I'm rubber, your glue" trick as 'Rachel Maddow from MSNBC called it, on the war on women problem.
What actually happened is almost indescribable. As Rachael said "They totally blew it". One of Mitt Romney's bigest electoral problems is his popularity amongst women voters. So his campaign convenes a conferance call on womens issues to push the idea that the Republican presidency would be great for American women and of course comparing how horrible Barack Obama has been compared to his ability to help American women.
The calls came in were made and answered. But one came in by a reporter named Sam Stein, of the Huffington Post. Here is the question that he asked....
"Yeah, does Governor Romney support the Ledbetter Act?" asks Stein.....
It was a simple 7 word question that was easy to understand, even when excluding the first word in the question 'YEAH'. There was a long, long silence from the Republican Committee which seemed like an eternity, and then the responder said, " Sam, we'll get back to you on that".
Oh my, they didn't have an answer for that question. I wonder why?!?!?!?!!!!!
The Ledbetter act was the very first piece of legislation that President Barack Obama signed when becoming President of the United States, better known as the 'Lily Ledbetter fair pay act', which gives women access to the courts, to sue if they are paid less than men for doing the same work. The Romney campaign tries to convey that they are highly motivated on doing what it takes to help women, but when it came to one simple question, the campaign could not answer it.
Why do you think this was so? Mainly because if they acknowledged that the law was a good law, they would be further qualifying that President Obama supports women, and what they say about President Obama and a 'war on women' would be now proven absolutely false. So the campaign could not answer the question honestly, because every answer that was given during the call was specifically designed to help their candidate and continue to put down the President, regardless of the stated truths or not.
They were caught in their own game. Mr. Mitt Romney now has his campaign committee to thank for pushing the issue about woman to be more favorable with Barack Obama. Eventually Mr. Romney's campaign released a statement saying that "Mr. Romney would not repeal the law when he becomes President." So what did that mean. The statement doesn't disclose that he (Romney) supports it, just that he would not repeal it. The response doesn't indicate that if the law came to his (Romney's) desk for signature, that he would have signed it.
The fact is that it would have never reached his desk if he was President, not with the present Congress.
When you look at the Republican Congress support for the bill just before it was signed into law, they overwhelming voted against putting the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as law. Actually the vote by the GOP was 7 votes 'YEA' and 203 votes 'NEA. The Democrats on the other hand voted 299 votes 'YEA' and 4 votes 'NAY'. The law was immediately signed by President Obama.
In a vain attempt to futher state his cause for womans rights, in damage control mode, his campaign rolled out 2 women from Congress to stand up for Mitt Romney stating that Mitt supports women to have equal pay for their work. But further investigation proved that both women that Mitt Romney's campaign had to speak out for women's rights, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act. That didn't make any sense at all.
Will the Romney campaign ever get this issue right. I hardly doubt it. Another issue posing a major problem concerning women is that he (Romney) has supported recent ideas against 'Planned Parenthood'. Women of all race in this country dispise the Republican attempt to put down the rights of women concerning birth control and their own ability to control their pregnancy and also dispute the rights that Republicans say that doctors should have during doctors visits concerning pregnancy.
I would invite any readers of this blog to state their opinion on this by leaving a comment below. A vast majority of women support President Obama and the Democratic leadership on this topic and support the 'Lilly Ledbetter fair Pay Act'.
When are the Republicans just going to get it? !!!!!