(CNN) – At a rally in Iowa Wednesday, President Barack Obama picked up on Republican nominee Mitt Romney's awkward "binders full of women" line from Tuesday night's second presidential debate.
Asked by an undecided voter and audience member about gender pay inequality during the debate, Romney said that as he was assembling his cabinet after being elected governor in Massachusetts, he questioned his staff for sending him only male applicants.
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"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women," Romney said on the debate stage in Hempstead, New York.
Obama made a passing reference Wednesday to the remark still buzzing with memes and snarky comments in the Twitterverse after last night's match-up.
"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, Iowa.
He continued: "When young women graduate, they should get equal pay for equal work. That should be a simple question to answer."
He repeated a similar line later Wednesday at a campaign event in Ohio.
In Iowa, Obama talked about Tuesday night's showdown, telling the crowd in Iowa, "I'm still trying to figure out how to get the hang of this thing." Debating, that is.
"We're working on it," he said. "We'll keep on improving as time goes on. I've got one left."
A CNN/ORC International poll indicated that 46% of respondents who watched the debate thought Obama won, compared to 39% for Romney. The result was within the survey's margin of error, and responses to other questions showed the overall impression was generally positive for both candidates.
After the first debate on October 3 in Denver, a similar CNN/ORC International poll showed Romney scored a solid victory in the eyes of more than 60% of respondents.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.
Obama are trying keep more blame on mitten but I ask people that why afrcian amercian are keep bullying what happened about fraud check scam
Mr. President it's not hard to find talented women to fill jobs, but you seem to have trouble making jobs for these women to fill. They did their part, so lets see if you can do your part. Probably not, but then again you can always blame someone else.
I like the fact that there was a check of what was said on the record by Candy Crowley. The debates would be much more informative if there were fact checks during the debate. Otherwise it turns to distortions with little meaning.
I've got binders full of women too!
Excellent. It was a comment showing how far out of touch Romney really is, particularly with women and poor people, but particularly poor women.
Obama always has to direct everybody's attention towards meaningless trivia ... in his ongoing desperate attempt to take attention away from his failed policies, of the past 4 years.
Like they said; "Mitt the Twit " !!!!
No he didn't. MassGAP came at him. He didn't go to them. STOP CARRYING MITTENS' WATER CNN.
of course the president won. Romney showed his true colors interupting and getting snarky and boy can he lie. Total disconect from audience and no respect for the president. This was not a board room and romney was not in charge. Forward. Obama understands woman and will fight for their rights, What romney said was affermative action and he is against that. So just what was he talking about with his binders comment. Does he not know any qualified women and was the question that hard to answer?
Romney understands and talks about the condition of the Nation. Obama spends his time babbling about "Big Bird" and "binders'.
Yup keep bashing Romney. Anything you can do to avoid talking about about your agenda and plans if you're re-elected.
Um, that's a really BAD photoshop of the president's head on a different picture.
Really CNN? I watched this debate and this was a comment said in passing that you're attempting to elevate into a scandal. Candy Crowley....Soledad O'Brien.... Were journalistic ethics what they were in the 1980s, you would be ashamed by your lack of objectivity. Sadly, CNN has joined the chorus of cheerleaders for a political candidate. And, for the record, I also recognize that FOX News also has a clear bias. But at least they're honest about it.
I would say that Romney provided enough information and sound bites last night to fill several binders for Obama to carry with him at his events. It's hard to know where to start first......."guns don't kill people, single parents do"......"I once hired a bunch of women from a binder"........."Women have to leave work early to get home and cook dinner"......"illegal immigrants will self deport"........"I'll give you a bucket of deductions you can take on your taxes"........"of course it all adds up"........
Binderful of women....we were all laughing.
God bless the POTUS! He'll fight to keep women's rights! Romney will squash women and put them "in their place" like all good mormon cult husbands do to their wives! Wake up people!
Being organized and continent is what one says and does is foreign to Obama.
No wonder he still uses juvenile derision to disparage others.
Google Boston Phoenix and read what REALLY happened regarding Mittens and women in his cabinet. Once again, Mittens lied (shock!). From the Boston Phoenix article today:
"What actually happened was that in 2002 - prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration - a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
"They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was
Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice
Well good Mr. Prez. But have you looked at your pension lately? I see you too have Investments in China. Now please, don't try to figure out what binders full of women means. That's a code word for success.
Barack Obama – a President we won't have to apologize for!!
The No-Plan...in chief goes back to stand-up comedy and his famous trademark..."Deliberate Ridicule Sarcasm"....Obama you did it to Hillary in the Primaries in 2008–plus hit Hillary below the belt with your Line in the Debate.."Hillary works for me"....so m uch for respect for Women....Obama...Making fun of Romney Binder-remark...?Women are not for what you take them for Obama....namely stupid....Women are now all the way to the White House for...."ROMNEY"
"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" please say this again and again Mr. President.
His Majesty Mitt lives in the Dark Ages!
Binders full of women and Robme full of bull! He is just a mess in everything he say's. I personally believe that women will vote for you whether they are Democrat or Republican. Once they are in the voting booth alone.... then they can vote their true feelings that you are the candidate that has their best interest at hand.
CNN u change ur position He was a solid victory for Obama tax economies and woman pay equal to