One of Mitt Romney's most inadequate, and perhaps electorally harmful, answers last night was his response to the question of pay inequality for women.
While President Obama made mention of his support for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, all Romney could come up with was the now infamous "binders full of women."
Last night, at a gathering in Charlotte, Ledbetter had a response for Romney:
Maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account, Cayman Island Investments and an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars. But Governor Romney, when we lose 23 cents every hour, every day, every paycheck, every job, over our entire lives, what we lose can't just be measured in dollars.This fight is indeed bigger than Ledbetter. It is a fight for equal pay and equal rights -- it is a fight for justice. A fight I myself will continue to wage on behalf of my two young daughters, who will deserve the same pay as their male counterparts.
Three years ago, the house passed the paycheck Fairness Act to level the playing field for America's women. Senate Republicans blocked it. Mitt Romney won't even say if he supports it. President Obama does. In the end, I didn't get a dime of the money I was shortchanged.
But this fight became bigger than Lilly Ledbetter. Today, it's about my daughter. It's about my granddaughter. It's about women and men. It's about families. It's about equality and justice.
This cause, which bears my name, is bigger than me. It's as big as all of you. This fight, which began as my own, is now our fight—a fight for the fundamental American values that make our country great. And with President Barack Obama, we're going to win.
It is a fight Governor Romney does not understand, nor care for.