Romney Refuses To Endorse Lilly Ledbetter Act
Mitt Romney won’t say if he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It’s unclear from his answers if he knows what it is.
DIANE SAWYER: I want to talk about a couple of issues relating to women. This 19-point difference between you and the president on women. Here are some specific questions. If you were president — you had been president — would you have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Law?
MITT ROMNEY: It’s certainly a piece of legislation I have no intend — intention of changing. I wasn’t there three years ago …
DIANE SAWYER: But would you have signed it?
MITT ROMNEY: I’m not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed, but I certainly support equal pay for women and — and have no intention of changing that law, don’t think there’s a reason to.
The Lilly Ledbedder Fair Pay Act of 2009 was not just about equal pay for women. It was a response to Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. where the majority conservative Supreme Court ruled that that 180-day statue of limitations for filing an equal pay lawsuit begins with the first unfair paycheck. The law signed by President Obama in January 2009 gave women a fairer window, as the statue of limitations now begins with the last unequal payday, giving women a better chance to fight pay discrimination.