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Top GOP Operative: Equal Pay Debate A Distraction From 'Real Issues'

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Republicans, according to Gage, need to point out that there's already a law in place requiring equal pay for equal work.

"I have advised clients when you are asked your position on this, your response needs to be, 'Duh, of course men and women should be paid the same for equal work!,'" Gage said. "This was settled law back in 1963, and Republicans voted for it. Our party is not quick enough to push back on the fact that we already have a law in this country that requires equal pay for equal work."

Discussion on equal pay has become a hot topic in a number of high profile races this campaign cycle. In Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) has hammered her Republican opponent in the gubernatorial race, Attorney General Greg Abbott, on the issue since Abbott said he would veto a version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.