Geithner: Romney Claim on Women Is 'Ridiculous'

Plus, Darrell Issa wants to clean house at Secret Service
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2012 1:28 PM CDT
Timothy Geithner says Mitt Romney's claim that the recession mainly pummeled women is "ridiculous."   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Tim Geithner today summed up Mitt Romney's contention that women had lost the majority of jobs in the recession: "Ridiculous," the Treasury secretary told This Week. "It’s a political moment. You’re going to see a a lot of politicians choose to campaign in fiction, but we have to campaign in fact." Pressed further, Geithner said the statement had "been largely debunked." "The crisis was a very damaging crisis, hurt everybody, and a lot of the early job losses in 2008 affected men because they affected construction and manufacturing." More from your Sunday morning dial, as per Politico:

  • Darrell Issa on the Secret Service prostitution scandal: “The investigation will not be about the 11 to 20 or more involved, it will be about how has this happened, and how often. Things like this don’t happen once.”
  • And furthermore: "What happens if somebody six months ago [or] six years ago became the victim of their own misconduct and is now being blackmailed? Is the whole organization in need of some soul searching, some changes before the president, the vice president, members of the Cabinet are in danger?”
  • John McCain on Syria: “For the United States to sit by and watch this wanton massacre is a betrayal of everything we stand for and we believe in." The US needs to "lead for a change. Not lead from behind, but lead from in front. We need to get a sanctuary for the Free Syrian Army, we need to get them supplies, we need to get them weapons. It’s not a fair fight.”
  • Reince Priebus on the Buffett Rule: It's "one single tiny alteration" that amounts to nothing more than "a shiny little object. If you add up every dollar of revenue that this little rule will put into place, it would add up to paying for 11 hours of the federal government."
  • Michele Bachmann on Hilary Rosen's comments: "I thought it was shocking and insulting. I think women are going to be very upset."
  • Bachmann on Romney: "I'm very seriously looking" at endorsing him. "I want to unite our party."

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