Biden: Romney bogged down in '1950s time warp in terms of women'
October 17th, 2012
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Biden: Romney bogged down in '1950s time warp in terms of women'

Greeley, Colorado (CNN) – What might June Cleaver of "Leave it to Beaver" think?

Seizing on Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment from Tuesday's presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden mocked the Republican presidential candidate on Wednesday. And in a twist, Biden added a nostalgic knock, casting Romney as bogged down in a throwback time known more for women as homemakers and doting wives than as powerbrokers keeping pace with men.

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"You heard the debate last night. When Governor Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders," Biden said. "Whoa! The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my house. He didn't need a binder."

Biden added: "What I can't understand is how he has gotten in this sort of 1950s time warp in terms of women," also referring to the Republican nominee's plans to defund Planned Parenthood.

Not intent to stop there, Biden also went after a comment made by a Romney adviser after the debate.

"His senior adviser said last night, in they call it the spin room…when they're asked about did Romney support [The] Lilly Ledbetter [Fair Pay Act], which is just basic, minimal justice, he said, Romney would have vetoed it."

Biden did not name which senior Romney adviser he was referring to. Yet one Romney adviser did state, after the debate, that Romney was not in favor of the act that helps establish equal pay for women versus men – a statement the adviser walked back on Wednesday.

"I was wrong when I said last night Governor Romney opposed the Lilly Ledbetter act. He never weighed in on it," Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said in a statement. "As President, he would not seek to repeal it."

Biden's comments came at his first public campaign event following the debate in Greeley, Colorado. The city, in the northern part of the state, is some 60 miles north of Denver.

Romney's "binder" comment has taken a life of its own. A Facebook page had 309,000 "likes" and the phrase has lit up the Twitterverse.

Given the ensuing attention and controversy, the phrase, it seemed, proved irresistible for the Obama campaign to pass up. On Wednesday from Iowa, President Obama made a passing reference to it.

"We don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now," Obama said to supporters in Mount Vernon. "When young women graduate, they should get equal pay for equal work. That should be a simple question to answer."

Yet the Romney campaign is not taking the criticism lightly.

The campaign distributed a statement from Kerry Healey, Romney's former lieutenant governor.

In addition to writing "when Mitt Romney talks about women, when he says he believes that we can do any job a man can do, I know from experience that he's speaking from the heart," Healey also wrote: "Of the twenty top positions in the Romney administration, ten of them were filled by women, more than any other state in the nation."

"People are hurting in this country, and women especially have been suffering. The numbers are stark. Five-and-a-half million women are unemployed. Under President Obama, the number of women living in poverty has climbed to a record high of nearly twenty-six million."

"We can't afford four more years of the status quo," Healey added.

– CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Critical Thinking

    I think hair plugs are kinda 1950's, but botox in the forehead is more 1990's

    October 17, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Yes, Mom needs to cook dinner before Ozzie Nelson gets home & lounges around in the den, wearing his tie & sweater & smoking his pipe while reading the newspaper.

    October 17, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. rla

    Really- This from a guy who looks like a car salesmen???? USED!

    October 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Mitt Romney just perpelxes me with how out of date he is. I know he really only knows Ann, the stay at home Mom, but Mitt's mother ran for national public office.

    October 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    But, last night, robo-Romney was for 100% of American's and the extream PRO-woman man. Wait this just in right now robo-Romney is only for 51% of American's and anti-woman. Wait 5 secs and this to will change!

    October 17, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Reggiedw

    At least women were respected more in those days by their spouses and also they had more self-respect. Liberal women have definitely lost that self-respect. Romney/Ryan in November/12.

    October 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    Correct! Bishop Romney did not even have the courtesy to ANSWER the question about women's wages! He did not answer because he can't! Conservatives backing Mittens, do not support Women's Rights!

    ROMNEY WRONG FOR AMERICA ........WRONG FOR AMERICAN WOMEN!

    October 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    The thing I can't get over is that Mitt Romney seems to remember the end of President George W. Bush's second term as a time of prosperity, hope and optimism - you know, before that mean ol' Barack Hussein Obama took office and messed everything all up. Huh? Sometimes Mitt sounds like he's been living in an alternative universe somewhere - certainly not the same world I live in.

    October 17, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Jessie P.

    have a question. So all of these middle class people writing comments in favor of Mitt Romney do not care that he has lied in two debates (this has been proven over and over again on videotapes, transcripts, independent fact checkers, etc.) and on the campaign trail..........they do not care that they will lose their social security, medicare, health benefits including pre-existing conditions patients, will be taxed more and more, etc. etc., etc., in otherwords, they are going to vote for Romney though they will end up in much, much worse shape than ever? Romney's math does not add up and the middle class will be taxed the highest in the history of our nation. I am a registered Republican and will be voting for Obama...........it is not a sin to want to have a better life for you and your children. Vote for Obama!

    October 17, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Jessie P.

    I have a question. So all of these middle class people writing comments in favor of Mitt Romney do not care that he has lied in two debates (this has been proven over and over again on videotapes, transcripts, independent fact checkers, etc.) and on the campaign trail..........they do not care that they will lose their social security, medicare, health benefits including pre-existing conditions patients, will be taxed more and more, etc. etc., etc., in otherwords, they are going to vote for Romney though they will end up in much, much worse shape than ever? Romney's math does not add up and the middle class will be taxed the highest in the history of our nation. I am a registered Republican and will be voting for Obama...........it is not a sin to want to have a better life for you and your children. Vote for Obama!

    October 17, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Maxx

    Mitt is in the world of 1%'ers, who apparently are all men. The man is plain awkward.

    October 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney and the GOP/Tea Party is stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to women's reproductive rights. Someone should have asked Romney why his staff couldn't come up with a single woman candidate for his administration. Romney sets the tone and culture for his subordinates.

    October 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Joe

    The Republican Party like there women walking behind them in silence.

    October 17, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. DR

    He is a priest holder in the LDS faith. They want their women home cooking and caring for the large families they tend to have. He has never had an example of anything otherwise. I had to laugh when he made reference to the "binder of women", since that is a well known fact in the multiple wives world, where they pick potential women from a "joy book" just like his grandpa did. Ever see big love?

    October 17, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    The whole loss of gop garbage that romney the tax cheat has for advisors are from the bush administration such as bolton and rove who were a disasters for the USA !!!!go ahead and vote for him if you want an oncor of an economic meltdown and another war with your kids on the line .only the stupid and braindead would vote gop and you will deserve what you get !!!

    October 17, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    In Romneyworld, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are the new and old testament, The Great Gatsby described a utopian society and 1984 is an instruction manual.

    October 17, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. rob

    "Binders full of women" ?????? Thats all the Democrats have left !!!!!

    How do you spell desparate... D-M-O-C-R-A-T-S

    Couple of facts:

    -3 MILLION more women in poverty today
    -49 MILLION people ( many women) on food stamps
    -23 MILLION people (women and women who may depend on a man) unemployed or underemployed

    The polls are moving, the landslide is coming, the American people see through you Democrats and we don't like what your selling.

    Nov 6th can't come fast enough.

    October 17, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. ronb

    How incredible that we live in a world where a 14 year old girl is nearly assassinated because she wants an education and women on the other side of the world might vote for a man who has promised to take away their rights!! Incredible! I wonder what that little girl would think of those big girls??

    October 17, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. TEAPARTY MIKE

    The liberal left grows more bizzare to me all the time.
    So working mom's no longer prepare meals at all? Do we now have just stay at home dad's who prepare the meals? Or do all the working husbands of working mom's prepare all the meals, always? What about single working mom's? Who cares for their children? Government social workers? What a bizzare thing to attack Romney on. Pure desperation.
    And this binder thing. I don't get it at all. The women's groups had the binders of women and provided them to Romney based on what he said. If there is some kind of joke about having binders of women, the joke is on the women's groups, not Romney.
    Crap like this makes me laugh at just how wierd the left can get.

    October 17, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. lms

    Striking a balance between work and home will probably come at price. If a male or female works 90hours a week they will probably make more than someone who chooses a 9-5 role regardless of gender. As the choice to balance the duties at home becomes more equal then salary will probably adjust because maybe more men will like a 9-5 type job. Also the department that collected the pay data did not break down by job type ect.. For example there are more women teachers and nurses than male who may choose these lower paying professions because they want a more flexible schedule. Some women work the longer hours and travel etc... and they probably are making more than a male counterpart who is a teacher.

    October 17, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. myviewis

    OMG, Biden has shown he has never worked in the real world and has no idea how things are done in offices. Of course Romney needed to see the Binder, that is typical of an office, to find qualified women to hire.

    Of course we all know Obama has no idea how to go about hiring in the real world because he was never in charge of hiring or managing an office so he doesn't know either.

    I hate to tell VP Biden but it is President Obama who does not connect women with JOBS. The only thing Obama connects us with is a paid abortion and paid birth control, seems to me it is Obama who is in the 1950's time warp. Romney on the other hand is pro-women getting jobs and taking care of themselves.

    October 17, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Jessie P.
    I have a question. So all of these middle class people writing comments in favor of Mitt Romney do not care that he has lied in two debates (this has been proven over and over again on videotapes, transcripts, independent fact checkers, etc.) and on the campaign trail..........they do not care that they will lose their social security, medicare, health benefits including pre-existing conditions patients, will be taxed more and more, etc. etc., etc.,
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    I have a question too. How do you in the first sentence claim Mitt Romney is not telling the truth ( unfounded, of course ) and then yourself lie without remorse in the second sentence?

    October 17, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Lisa

    If I'm going to have to go back in time, live in a binder, and be home by five to cook dinner...at least upgrade my accommodations and give me Jeannie's bottle!

    October 17, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney isn't just out of touch with women, it's his religious teachings, so don't expect him to change just because he's running for president.

    October 17, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. clb2012now

    Women at the Whitehouse make 77% of what men make and Obama is the "woman's" choice?

    I'd rather have Romney's work flexibility than Obama's Russia flexibility any day.

    October 17, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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