Paul Ryan Does 'Binders' Damage Control on 'CBS This Morning': VIDEO


Paul Ryan says he disagrees that Romney being fact-checked by Candy Crowley on Libya was his weakest moment. Ryan also tries to clarify the "binders full of women" remark:

All he meant was that he went out of his way to try and recruit qualified women to serve in his administration when he was governor. 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.


However, as I noted this morning, David Bernstein wrote in The Phoenix that this whole binder story is a big lie:

I will write more about this later, but for tonight let me just make a few quick additional points. First of all, according to MassGAP and MWPC, Romney did appoint 14 women out of his first 33 senior-level appointments, which is a reasonably impressive 42 percent. However, as I have reported before, those were almost all to head departments and agencies that he didn't care about -- and in some cases, that he quite specifically wanted to not really do anything. None of the senior positions Romney cared about -- budget, business development, etc. -- went to women.

Secondly, a UMass-Boston study found that the percentage of senior-level appointed positions held by women actually declined throughout the Romney administration, from 30.0% prior to his taking office, to 29.7% in July 2004, to 27.6% near the end of his term in November 2006. (It then began rapidly rising when Deval Patrick took office.)

Third, note that in Romney's story as he tells it, this man who had led and consulted for businesses for 25 years didn't know any qualified women, or know where to find any qualified women. So what does that say?

Watch Ryan's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Website link HERE , for those of you on mobile. There may be some trouble with the CBS embed. I'll try to find a better one as soon as I can.

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  1. I wish President Obama had followed up on the main difference - Governor Romney spoke about making one-off casual arrangements with high-ranking staff (i.e., special treatment for the already privileged such as allowing his staff flex time) and while President Obama codified permanent (rather than on his whim) equal rights for all in the Lily Ledbetter fair pay act.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 17, 2012 11:02:39 AM

  2. RyAyn must have had a big glass of water waiting for him after that interview.

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 17, 2012 11:09:49 AM

  3. The proper way to insure that you hire a proportionate number of women is to target universities and other areas where you get a greater number of women candidates. No matter what, you still hire the best candidate for the job.

    If Mitt is implying he intended to focus on hiring women by segregating their resumes in a separate binder, he was doing it wrong.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 17, 2012 11:13:22 AM

  4. At the question was about equal pay, which Romney didn't answer. In fact, it seems he came up with excuses for why a woman would be paid less.

    Posted by: DanO | Oct 17, 2012 11:33:36 AM

  5. I can't believe they sent out Ryan to do damage control. He is the worst. The Romney campaign is completely out-of-touch.

    Ryan's place is in the kitchen, washing clean pans.

    Posted by: Mawm | Oct 17, 2012 11:39:17 AM

  6. Just because one looks at "binders full of women" and maybe even hired some, does not mean they were paid what would have been paid to a man in the same position.

    Posted by: Brian M | Oct 17, 2012 11:58:43 AM

  7. Maybe he was looking to hire women so he could pay them less - as a way of shrinking government spending.

    Posted by: Mitch | Oct 17, 2012 12:29:05 PM

  8. Romney doesn't want equal pay for women because he believes they belong at home, taking care of babies. He doesn't want there to be as good a financial incentive as there is for the male counterpart.

    It's more of the same religious crap. These bizarre republicans who hold "small government" so dearly, but insist on legislating every aspect of a citizen's life to the point they all behave exactly the same and have their identical values...such cognitive dissonance.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 17, 2012 12:35:42 PM

  9. Folks Romney just said he has "Binders Full of Asians" too.

    I kid you not:

    Posted by: Abbot Kenny | Oct 17, 2012 1:11:27 PM

  10. Romney-Ryan is done.

    Of course Lilly Ledbetter (full name Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009) was an equal pay law. It was there to repair the US Supreme Court-created law that required women to go to court EVEN IF they even no idea they were receiving unfair pay, to preserve their rights just in case the pay was unfair.

    People tend to get paid every two weeks or so. The activist US Supreme Court (Alito writing for Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Roberts) made law that said that only the first violation of equal pay could be acted on in court, no later than six months after it occurred. Any subsequent pay unfairness is irrelevant, regardless of how large the accumulated violation becomes.

    The Act did merely said that each unfair paycheck is a new violation, so women could go to court up to six months after their final (as compared to first) unfair paycheck to get that corrected.

    This fixed the bizarre problem that Romney-Ryan apparently supports, where the worse the problem gets, the more unlikely it is the court will fix it. It means companies are given a six month window where they can try to hide the unfairness, and then they're home free.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 17, 2012 1:45:02 PM

  11. re:

    Um, satire of course (also hilarious), but nonetheless underscores the ridiculousness of the original comment.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Oct 17, 2012 2:43:25 PM

  12. The more this weasel talks, the more convinced I am that he needs to be defeated in all his endeavors.

    That wrinkly forehead of his just aggravates the crap outta me, and I don't know why.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 17, 2012 6:18:19 PM

  13. He also looks like James Holmes with his crazy eyes.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 18, 2012 1:54:52 AM

  14. I laughed out loud when I read the line "Paul Ryan does damage control. Right there, a joke in the making. It's getting to where I can hardly wait for either this mental midget or Mittens to open their mouth...something stupid is certain to come out. Presidential material? Not in my wildest nightmare. Say goodnight, Mitt.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Oct 18, 2012 3:22:10 AM

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