Quotes of the day

posted at 10:51 pm on October 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

Speaking in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Mr. Obama made his own reference to Mr. Romney’s “binders” comment, saying that there were enough talented women in the country that finding them required no special search.

Mr. Romney, at a campaign rally in Chesapeake, Va., hit back. “This president has failed America’s women,” he said. “They’ve suffered in terms of getting jobs. They’ve suffered in terms of falling into poverty.”…

Through polling and focus groups, the Romney campaign has found that while undecided women said they were concerned primarily about economic issues, they were troubled by whether Mr. Romney’s positions on issues like abortion and contraception were too unyielding…

Mr. Romney’s campaign had its own offensive ready. In a phone call with reporters, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said “when the president talks about women’s issues he doesn’t talk about his vision for how he’s going to make sure that we address the number of women who are under- or unemployed.”

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“You heard the debate last night,” Biden told a crowd of more than 1,000 at the Island Grove Regional Park Exhibition Hall. “When Gov. Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders. 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.

“For good measure, Romney said, on multiple occasions, that he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood,” Biden added. “Look, talk about being out of touch. It’s not just the Swiss bank accounts and the Cayman Islands. No, really isn’t. It’s more than that. That I understand him doing. I can’t understand someone running for president doing [it], but I can understand him doing it. … But what I can’t understand is how he has gotten in this sort of 1950s time warp in terms of women.”

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On CBS Wednesday morning, vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan defended Romney’s point.

“All he simply meant was that he went out of his way to try to recruit qualified women to serve in his administration when he was governor,” the Republican congressman told “CBS This Morning.” “That’s really what he was saying. And, by the way, he has an exceptional record of hiring women in very prominent positions in his administration, and that’s the point he was making.”

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An adviser to the Romney campaign with knowledge of Romney’s hiring process acknowledged that the former governor had been approached about — and agreed to — the pledge before taking office, and that the outside group had already been engaging in independent outreach efforts to solicit resumes for women who would be willing to work in government. The adviser, however, argued that Romney “actively sought” the binders out upon taking office because he wanted to make use of their resources.

“When Governor Romney came into office he undertook to fulfill his pledge. And while many of the top positions were filled by women who Gov. Romney found on his own through the transition process, through his business contacts, he also worked very cooperatively with the Massachusetts Women’s Caucus and reached out to them to make use of them and their resources,” the Romney adviser told CBS News. “We didn’t have to accept those names, we didn’t have to ask them for it to fulfill the pledge.”…

According to a study by the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy using data provided by MassGAP, the percentage of women appointed to senior-level positions in Massachusetts government did rise – from approximately 30 percent prior to the 2002 election to 42 percent by 2004. Among those appointed were Kerry Healey, who became Romney’s lieutenant governor (and also served as the liaison in the process with MassGAP) and chief of staff Beth Myers. Between 2004 and 2006, the study says women made up just 25 percent of Romney’s 64 new appointments, lower than when he was elected.

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Via Mediaite.

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mika perplexed why the binders comment should NOT be a story…

priorities…

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:20 AM

OH Coal Miners Fight Back Against Obama TV Ad: “Absolute Lies”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SzU3oZLV8Hw

rayra on October 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

OH Coal Miners Fight Back Against Obama TV Ad: “Absolute Lies”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SzU3oZLV8Hw

rayra on October 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Folks, if you have time to watch this whole 11 minute clip, it’s worth it. Plain spoken people.

hawkdriver on October 18, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Good morning everyone. If “binders” is all they have to talk about, they are going down like the Hindenburg. Oh, the humanity!

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Im having the 1980 Deja vu…again. My take.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

The funny thing is, after all the talk about how likable Obama supposedly is, voters are realizing the more they see the candidates unfiltered that it is Romney who seems like the nicer, warmer person and Obama who is actually the aloof, cold, narcissistic snob.

bluegill on October 18, 2012 at 6:34 AM

I saw that on intrade Obama is still way up…if people actually believe that Obama is going to win a second term, why are they making an issue out of something as stupid as binders?

Honestly, they sound stupid.

Terrye on October 18, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 6:28 AM

morning!

indeed, now the story is mitt didn’t request the binder, a womens group gave him the binder for his consideration…

oh the horror

forget benghazi, it’s bindergate people

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I saw that on intrade Obama is still way up…if people actually believe that Obama is going to win a second term, why are they making an issue out of something as stupid as binders?
Honestly, they sound stupid.
Terrye on October 18, 2012 at 6:42 AM

We know how right they were about the Obamacare Supreme Court decision, too, right?

bluegill on October 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

good take KJ :)

lovin’ it

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:47 AM

hawkdriver on October 18, 2012 at 6:27 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Im having the 1980 Deja vu…again. My take.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

We have all been here before.

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 6:50 AM

new squirrel of the day?

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Thank you!

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Yes, we have.

However, Obama is Carter on steroids.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Goooooood mornin’, good mornin’, good mornin’ to you!

Okay, just a quick glance through the comments this morning–a long drive to Dubuque and back yesterday to pick up the Middle Scot from school for fall break–only ONE Obama sign the entire way—waaaay outnumbered by RnR signs!

Re: “October surprise”–it must be something good, rather than bad, is that possible?
Binder comment….good grief, these people in The One’s side have nothing left, do they?
Mark81150…we will add you to our prayer list in school today, and for clarity of thought for the medical
people involved in your procedure.

herm2416 on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Good morning everyone. If “binders” is all they have to talk about, they are going down like the Hindenburg. Oh, the humanity!

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Got to fill the time with something until the Million Muppet March.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

don’t take the gallup poll too seriously, because it’s before the debate (which obama won)
-mika

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM

mornin herm

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM

don’t take the gallup poll too seriously, because it’s before the debate (which obama won)
-mika

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM

These people are delusional.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

new squirrel of the day?

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM

The whiff of desperation has become a fog, soon to gather itself up into a mushroom cloud. They’ve got nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

I saw lots of new lawn signs yesterday. All Romney/Ryan. None for Jug-Ears.

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

yup

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 7:04 AM

anything to deflect….

ditto, maybe 2-3 obama signs in my neighborhood, the rest mitt/paul :)

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Got to fill the time with something until the Million Muppet March.

Happy Nomad on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Oh noes, I had forgotten about that! That’s sure to turn the tide in pantload’s direction. We’re DOOMED!

Snort.

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 7:09 AM

…getting bent on bindergate?
…Bark… is bent!

KOOLAID2 on October 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

so mitt’s vision of the future is too vague, but all that lofty rhetoric in 08 was specific enough to elect obama?

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Wee Willie Whatshisname just said, “in politics, you can’t tell the truth and win.” We’ll, certainly not if you’re a marxist, eh Willie?

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Michelle says she’s “going to party hard” on November 7th!!!!

What the crap have they done for the last four years, BUT PARTY????

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/michelle-obama-nov-7-were-going-party-hard_654783.html

Lets pass the Lets Move goddess quote around for her and make sure everyone know how awesomely awesome she is and help her party!!!!

BWHWHWWHWHWAAAAAA.

PappyD61 on October 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Okay, just a quick glance through the comments this morning–a long drive to Dubuque and back yesterday to pick up the Middle Scot from school …

herm2416 on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Youngest son went to the U of Wis on Platteville. Although we live in Indiana, I came to really love that part of the country where IL, WIS, and Iowa come together. Beautiful country.

esr1951 on October 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

A few sound bites we like to hear from Mitt …………

Mr. President – you had a super majority in Congress when you were sworn in, and you could have taxed the evil rich to pay their fair share and more - but you failed to do so- WTF ?

Mr. President – You extended the Bush tax cuts you have said are ruining your economy, are you stupid or something?

Mr. President- How can Americans trust you when you are whispering secret promises to Medvedev and any other leaders we don’t know about?

FlaMurph on October 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

LOL at the Moaning Schmoe replay of the opener and everybody ganging up on the idiot Mika. They’re right. She concentrates on “Big Bird!” or “Binders!” after a debate like a brainless liberal and can’t answer “but what will be different in his second term?” Mika’s answer: “Big Bird! Binders!”

Marcus on October 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Yepper Marcus…. halperin was spot on

cmsinaz on October 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Okay, just a quick glance through the comments this morning–a long drive to Dubuque and back yesterday to pick up the Middle Scot from school …

herm2416 on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Youngest son went to the U of Wis on Platteville. Although we live in Indiana, I came to really love that part of the country where IL, WIS, and Iowa come together. Beautiful country.

esr1951 on October 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Agree….except it was POURING rain and foggy. All the hills and wondering who was passing on the other side of as I was nearing the tops! I am startled at the number of drivers who will pass going up a hill! Then I had to deal with the bridge over the Mississippi….that, without fail, always spooks me. Other than that : ), I do enjoy the ride! Really, I do. It beats the flatness of Chicago, hands down.

herm2416 on October 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Getting caught up. Binders? Definitely the silly season.

Starting next year, Newsweek (still worth less than the dollar paid for it) will be online only. How long until the Daily Beast drops Newsweek’s name completely?

OH Coal Miners Fight Back Against Obama TV Ad: “Absolute Lies”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SzU3oZLV8Hw

rayra on October 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Folks, if you have time to watch this whole 11 minute clip, it’s worth it. Plain spoken people.

hawkdriver on October 18, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Watched it. Those are no-nonsense American workers. Love them.

And, lastly, prayers for poster, Mark. Good luck to you today and wishing you better health in the future.

Fallon on October 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Oh, and coldwarrior, if you’re out there lurking. I hope you are doing well.

Fallon on October 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Im having the 1980 Deja vu…again. My take.

kingsjester on October 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

AH 1980! My first ever election that I was old enough to vote in. I proudly pulled the lever for RR as I will be doing in 2012. Deja vu indeed.

VegasRick on October 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Obowma pays women in the White House 18% less than men.

Obowma had Michelle QUIT her $300,000 per year job to stay at home.

Michelle has to tend to her garden.

Obowma threw his grandma unde the bus.

Women have lost 3.5 million jobs under Obowma.

Middle class families LOST INCOME by $4,500 under Obowma.

Romney HIRED women candidates undr his Mass. cabinet.

WHO has a true war on women?

dthorny on October 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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