Romney Camp on Equal Pay: 'We'll Get Back to You on That'

Campaign won't comment on the Ledbetter Act
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 12:48 PM CDT
Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style campaign event at RC Fabricators April 10, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Asked today if Mitt Romney supports an equal-pay for women law, the candidate's campaign declined to answer—a gaffe that President Obama's campaign quickly picked up and ran with. Romney's campaign was asked about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act—the first bill Obama signed into law, which expands workers' ability to sue over pay discrepancies—on a conference call, and responded with, "We'll get back to you on that."

Ledbetter herself slammed the non-answer in a statement sent out by the Obama campaign, accusing Romney of not standing up for women, and David Axelrod tweeted that it was a "tough day on the Mitt Rehab With Women Tour." A Romney campaign spokesperson responded that the candidate "supports pay equity for women. The real question is whether President Obama supports jobs for women," since "women account for more than 92% of jobs lost under Barack Obama." CNN calls it "the first skirmish of the general election."

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