Candidates were asked how they would address the long-standing economic parity issue of women earning less than men in the workplace.
Obama said the issue was fixed and pointed to the passage of legislation inspired by Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands the time when a pay discrimination lawsuit can be filed.
The president said women are increasingly the breadwinner in the family.
“This is not just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue, it’s a middle class issue and that’s why we’ve got to fight for it,” Obama said.
Romney called women’s pay equity an important topic, and said if you are going ot have women in the workforce you have to be flexible and he is going to get the conomy going so that employers are going to be so anxious for workers they are going to have to be flexible.
“This is what I have done and I look forward to doing and I know what it takes to get an economy working,” Romney said
Obama pointed out that what Romney said when he was asked about the Lilly Ledbetter bill.
“He said, ‘I’ll get back to you,”” Obama said. “That’s not the kind of advocacy that women need in any economy.”