Romney's Former Lt. Governor Explains His 'Binders Full of Women' Debate Comment
Mitt Romney’s comments from last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University about equality in the workplace have garnered much attention. Romney described what he did to seek out more female candidates for his cabinet while he was governor of Massachusetts. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” he said during the debate.
It’s the last few words of that statement that caused a firestorm to erupt on social media and the Internet. The former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, who served with Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and is now an adviser to the Romney campaign, joined Megyn Kelly on America Live to respond.
Kelly asked Healey what exactly “binders full of women” means.
She clarified, “I spend many hours looking at the resumes in those binders, and I think it means that Mitt Romney had a commitment to making sure that women were properly represented in his administration.”
Healey explained that Romney was fulfilling a campaign promise to put as many women in his Cabinet as there are percentage of women in Massachusetts. She added, “If I had to say anything about binders last night, I’d say there was an empty binder yesterday that should’ve been filled by Obama about his plans for the next administration.”