What do American women want from politics?
Jehmu Greene and Tracy Davis discuss the latest
- Duration 14:19
- Date Apr 12, 2012
Jehmu Greene and Tracy Davis discuss the latest
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House is backpedaling a bit -- David -- arrives tweeting saying you know we of course we know that and Romney has had to deal with her own challenges with multiple sclerosis and she's a breast cancer survivor etc.
It seems that even though she's not on the campaign payroll that the White House is reacting pretty quickly to this trying to.
Calm tensions and concerns over this latest.
Spark in the political fire over women's issues what do you think well I.
Would not characterize it as backpedaling because as you said.
Hilary Rosen she's a friend.
And some one who I respect and have known for many years she does not -- for the campaign.
One of her colleagues advises the Democratic National Committee and so they were backpedaling I think they were saying.
What many feminists believe and have been calling for.
Homemakers and should never be referred to as women who don't work.
Home making it in that in itself has always been devalued as most jobs that women are no make up the predominant.
Participants and and we have to I think.
Look at this opportunity that was opened up by a sound bytes.
By you know.
Which is something that we all can fall prey to you at times but it's opened up a conversation.
About women in the work place and this is a conversation that governor Romney needs to have with the women of America he -- answered the question.
When he was leading -- capital.
Of his senior executives were women.
And when he was asked about it he said he couldn't find qualified women to fill those slots and that's why those percentages were so -- so let's talk about women in the work.
Please let's talk about how the Internet comment -- -- and I think the White House have been cleared.
They vital story to be clear you're saying that what the White House is reacting to right now is to not to suggest that.
Stay at home moms aren't people who work hard as well absolutely as anybody -- -- -- -- -- and violence they came out very quickly.
And saying we disagree with these common -- And plant in the city sending them back catalyst a little bit from where she was because he is someone that's very close to the White House we -- you back with you didn't think he can tell that they say -- -- you get pregnant or trade it existed a hundred distancing himself from the comments about it that.
-- that they are distancing themselves.
Yes but as we'll see between now and November there will be a number of these things whether it's -- with women voters -- the next racial flare up.
And we can focus in on -- and and to me it apologies and I think it's absolutely justified for people to expect Hillary Rosen to.
Admit to her misstatements.
And it's really clarify what she was trying to say but.
We also have to really focus in on what does this mean from a policy standpoint how does this contrast.
The two candidates what is the difference between where President Obama is.
On women in the economy and when the workplace women who are two thirds of the breadwinners.
The primary breadwinner or -- breadwinner in the entire country.
This is a conversation when -- America west.
Are -- OK I just want to say part of that conversation yesterday mr.
Romney was releasing numbers out say that.
Of the women that of the people who have lost jobs in this down economy.
He say -- our women now what does that say to you.
Well first spotted two separate issues I mean at -- you know I think that it's sort of an -- to go from from this attack and and also the fact that she did not back down.
She said she hurt her follow up was well most people -- you know most analysts both people often work.
So instead of you know any kind of apology -- saying yes that is a full time job because I mean I have two children and I know.
That it is -- you know a complete full time when he was seven and also it does keep you in touch with.
Other mothers and what's going on and it's really really hard and so.
She instead of -- her you know.
Even taking a step back at all she just came back instead -- most most people -- have to you know have both parents work.
Well it's very nice.
-- for a mom to be able to be home with their children and there's nothing wrong -- that and they shouldn't be any criticism about that and so.
She is -- him you know quickly connect -- with -- criticism of Mitt Romney doesn't seem fair it's a completely separate issue.
Atlantis and I think that it did come from Kate didn't come to the White House -- Did I mean but it you know.
She is an advisor she works in the White House -- But she needs it and work in the White House that he hasn't worked and went out she has never worked in the White House.
She actually has run the Recording Industry Association of America do you think we're at the United Center that I let us -- -- saying extent that is a way that it had a nice long as saturated with governor Romney.
Why Hilary Rosen was having this conversation last night was because when asked about women in the economy.
Mitt Romney his first answer and has his -- his -- Well I take my lead from my wife she tells me this is what -- they're concerned about he has said.
He has started every answer about women in the economy by putting his wife as his first answer.
And so in responding to that.
Hilary Rosen bodies -- him.
Well -- well I'm not but if he's on the campaign trail and talking like he's out can't penetrate so that's what the thing that's.
He is -- -- it does as his chief advisor.
For women and they don't get addicted to some sarcasm at connected to that because I think I'm like how -- keyboard how good it is the answer -- moderate -- I want -- -- -- really not about religions need to address when I even wrote my -- Eleanor Roosevelt out there on the campaign trail night and day during -- during those two terms particularly in the depression and she wasn't working and outside the house panel.
I hear from people today I really don't have retrospect I listen -- -- -- -- we also at the last is seeing it.
Has not put forward any -- isn't any specific policies and at the same time.
His -- his chief surrogates in Wisconsin governor Scott Walker just repealed that people pay statue.
Just yesterday his campaign had a press conference or a conference call with press.
And they had no idea what the Lilly Ledbetter act was -- which is the first piece of legislation Science Office like President Obama.
He wants to have this conversation -- winning the economy let's have let's.
I got in the -- that way asset -- number first I hit reply saying I guess my way -- I don't they're big they look they got those numbers by looking from January 2009.
-- march of 2012.
First of all the recession didn't start in January 2009.
And historically in every single recession men lose the bulk of the jobs for so.
Up until 2009.
-- have lost over five million jobs and then women followed that's a historical trend regardless of if you are Democrat in the White House -- Republican in the White House.
So yet they're in their division adds up but it's miss Levy if you look at the entire recession.
Women have lost 37% of the jobs but to try to fool the American people in the way he's done it every single.
Okay I just want is that agent bullying the American people I mean we could really go into that that Obama pulling the American people of the keystone pipeline and taking an anti sure I mean it can go along I don't about it now why -- why.
-- -- think there is this perception.
Whether right or wrong.
That Mitt Romney does not seem to be in touch with women's concerns that that -- I would say well I think what happened is I think it was one -- to you know the Republican Party when you looked at the last debate you see.
Four men you know sustained sitting around in that table talking about contraception.
And I think.
You know people -- misunderstood the whole contraception.
And the religious you know that hold to -- what happened there and and I think that you wouldn't Rick Santorum kept bringing up.
He is very far right social issues it made women nervous because they felt that you know that had been taking Kara you know that and that.
And so the perception was really that the Republican Party was against contraception and what how it all got there is not a starter -- was is a direct way because of governor Romney I don't know it.
He supports personhood and that person -- bills in states that would these bills would be and most contraception.
Romney went out saying that he supported it.
11100 bills in 2011.
-- introduce state by state by state by right wing conservatives trying to take away a woman's control of her health care decisions -- -- hello I didn't let me -- I don't know that I -- tell -- -- in -- you -- until -- -- as -- -- okay yeah I don't -- an -- -- and choice to go back into this whole you know.
Subtext about what about women who advised her husband's you know for example on the campaign trail we know historically.
That political -- have had the -- their husbands we know that you know President Obama listens to what Michelle -- -- -- -- -- yeah you know but an.
I don't know that governor Romney when he saying that he listens to his life is negating any other.
Hate women out there who maybe his consultants and in general I just think he's speaking.
As someone who is referring to have another politicians have you know to -- -- you know -- my -- -- -- -- took -- a lot of people you know -- -- -- he's in touch with what's going -- Just like the president have you kept up but I had no money -- -- been stuck there right -- -- right I -- I -- I had to.
It's live right here -- -- -- I agree with you that my point is though that -- just to say -- -- itself because we've -- to be fair.
We've heard the president speak about Michelle.
Giving him lots of advice along the way and that he is his go to person.
In terms of the partnership -- primary run with America understands that relationship dynamic between husband and wife.
Especially when you're the president.
And you've got you know the First Lady there -- And she was alone without a -- who you know.
You know when Emanuel left it you know she was one that was really pushing to make the health care go through -- not.
You know just back off a little bit because so many Americans were again and then have there -- and permanent you know what and so I -- -- -- -- -- There yeah I'd say.
He put her out there very forcefully as the first set and then you think about isn't it -- do you think you have public companies -- about -- -- I'm Ryan who -- where he -- email saying well I don't I don't think -- there aren't qualified women to service executives in the company I -- but on the at Clemson but on the flip -- his chief of staff was a woman in Massachusetts when he was governor so I mean I.
People can point to that iron on on his side women make and it also talk seamless yeah I like he's Paterson as a senior person in your administration is not I -- thank you thank you he has -- -- -- -- senior staff this is pulled from him when Hugh -- person I understand that when handedly represented defendants find qualified women to service executives.
There are other yeah.
Africa is just -- both agree that the economy's going to -- this campaign is going to take into effect.
But that women.
Are more concerned today more than ever about the economy jobs and the legacy of the debt.
That is exactly the web and where it's gonna and how that's gonna affect our kids exactly and President Obama does not so whoever -- the death but whoever it doesn't -- dozens -- the pain lately he says and we're.
The overwhelming majority of women and really.
He does is obvious Americans need to pay their affairs has been listening to Larry Bowa loves me with a bucket here that is that you hear about -- -- -- we'll update you radiate an interesting read yeah -- -- -- they understood.
That the amount of authority anyway I know what we're gonna take care and made it isn't that interests that the debt it'll not only is -- -- anything that I would have moved and I have another child I have right I would rather ladies and identity second.
-- -- -- We'll also incorporates those who make over 200000 dollars in -- and small business owners lot of small business -- -- women how are they supposed to deal with that.
Knowing that they spent a lot they don't make a lot of money -- they have 200000 dollar business going they're having to pay for health care of their employees at center on the health.
And that tired mad at me and I -- had out of it's just yeah it doesn't even about.
It's the best imagine -- and then I'm talking about the small business owners -- this that make up 200000 plus.
What are those folks -- you were saying we're coming forward and -- If we have that that is really gonna hurt us because -- -- -- -- right now as it is because we're having to lay off people in order to keep up with.
The taxes and health care costs etc.
and -- -- many people have money let me -- battle that's allowed us to protect us.
And in this past seventeen tax cuts for small businesses sixteen of which Republicans fought them on.
He has consistently through the health care debate in an act that passed through all of his.
Because you know position is from.
That jobs act.
To the Recovery Act has consistently.
-- in support of small businesses tax cuts for small businesses and women understand that connection that's what the form he had last week was focused on.
And he will continue to provide opportunities.
So that helped build small does.
That is a scary thought and little girl's not about how well the debt and how easy -- really the majority went up what.
I don't know what study you haven't gotten journeyman guy but all of yeah technology already sent money I guess our right -- I'm -- quicken a much -- an assailant OK but let me just say this -- the -- -- we both know.
Will probably not passed either house or senate given this balls will be left to -- election -- and -- split open the thing is it does -- and for the does what they're saying it covers -- here.
Three days of the interest of the debt that President Obama is not dealing with -- -- that has never -- -- the last half.
In the last.
Three and a half years he has reason is that the same as George Bush -- eight we are okay and that is what women care about here they also want that you know and this hasn't -- the stimulus and where is putting -- some ladies.
Always engaging lively that we are so far ahead of the curve because this is going to be debate we're gonna talk about over the next seven months that the I appreciate you both joining us and I know the focus and the spotlights and remain on issues that are really important to women today thank you very much thank you so much pledging quick break coming.