The first week President Obama started working in the White House – he signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensured that women would be paid the same as their male counterparts in workplaces all across Michigan.
When Mitt Romney's campaign was asked whether or not he supported fair pay for women on a conference call this morning, the phone went silent. State Senators Rebekah Warren and Gretchen Whitmer, both champions for Michigan women on fair pay and health care, released the following statements.
Senator Warren -
“If Michigan women had any thought whatsoever that Mitt Romney’s extremism on women’s issues was a temporary condition brought on by his desire to win his party’s primary, today’s embarrassing refusal to answer whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act removes all doubt. The fact that Governor Romney – on his first full day as the presumptive Republican nominee – can’t say for sure if he supports equal pay for equal work only reaffirms that he can’t be trusted to do what’s right for Michigan women.” – Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren
Senator Whitmer -
“What does Mitt Romney need to think about when it comes to supporting fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workforce? As a mother of two daughters, I find it outrageous and dispiriting that the presumptive Republican nominee for President can’t – or won’t – take a clear position on the Lilly Ledbetter Act that ensures equal pay for equal work. Today’s display only reinforces what has become increasingly clear as this election has gone on: Michigan women can’t trust Mitt Romney.”
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