Gillibrand: Romney’s ‘Hero’ Scott Walker Got Rid Of Equal Pay For Women Laws

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) chimed in Sunday on the battle for female voters, making an impassioned case that President Obama’s policies are far better for women than those of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

“It’s Barack Obama whose first bill he ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act,” she said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “Mitt Romney? His hero is a governor from Wisconsin who just got rid of the equal pay laws there.”

She added Obama has worked to increase economic opportunity for women by focusing on education, pell grants and broading access to health care.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on the same segment, echoing the Romney campaign’s argument that most of the jobs lost under Obama have been women’s jobs.


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