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Ann Romney Asks You To Consider Mitt’s ‘Character’ On Lady Issues — Not, You Know, Policy

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So imagine my relief when Joy Behar asked, “…to that economic point. Do you think that access to contraception and abortion is an economic issue…?”

Ann Romney rebutted with, “I would love it if you get my husband on the couch, Joy, and you can go down with that all you want.” The ladies of The View surely tried, but that didn’t happen. That’s when Ann asked that voters consider her husband’s “character” instead:

“What I know is I am here to reflect the character of the person that I know. The character of the person I know is a person that will do… that he will decide this way: is this the best thing for America to go forward? And that’s where I know where his heart is. And I think if you know someone’s heart and the goodness of where they come from, you know what they will do.”

The truth is, Ms. Romney, that I don’t know where your husband’s “heart is” and I have no idea if he thinks equal pay for equal work is “the best thing for American to go forward.” Given all the back and forth he has performed on issues pertaining to me as lady, I’m not certain where he actually stands on array of concerns I have.

I agree with Barbara Walters that Ann is “a wonderful advocate for her husband” given that little diddy she just sang. But as a young women voting in 2012, Mitt’s “character” means about as much to me as the recycling I have stowed away under my sink. I want to know where the governor stands on The Lilly Ledbetter Act, ensuring equal pay for equal work, which the campaign still hasn’t managed to give a clear answer on (and which the vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, opposed in Congress.) We’re two weeks out from election day and I don’t even know where he stands on my paycheck. I want to know what plans he has for women’s economic security in his hypothetical term in office — a question that neither he nor President Obama answered during the town hall debate with Candy Crowley.

But given that the governor’s response was essentially a 1950s approach to pay equity (i.e.find some women and then let them go home early), I’m not feeling too confident. And if Ann knows “where his heart is” on any of this women’s stuff, then I wish she would have shared it.

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