Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” Debate Comment Sets Off the Internet [VIDEO]
In last night’s Presidential Debate, a comment Mitt Romney went viral. It’s been dubbed the “Big Bird” of the second debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. There is a Facebook page called “Binders Full of Women” currently with 277,410 fans and a Tumblr page with the same name as well.
The comment came when undecided voter Katherine Fenton asked Obama: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”
Obama responded with his signing of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first piece of legislation he signed into law.
When it was Romney’s turn to answer, he said “learned a great deal” about gender pay inequality while building his cabinet.
“And I—and I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are—are all men.’ They said: ‘Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ And I said: ‘Well, gosh, can’t we—can’t we find some—some women that are also qualified?’ And—and so we—we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. 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.”
After that statement “Binders full of women” went viral. The topic started trending in the Twitterverse, it became one of the most highly searched phrases on Google and Youtube’s “Song A Day” Jonathan Mann even penned a song titled “Binders Full of Women.”