Post-debate, Obama picks up on Romney’s “binders” line
(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.
“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.”
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.
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