Obama: We don’t need ‘a bunch of binders’

"Science and technology, engineering, and math ... we should make sure all our young people, our daughters as well as our sons, are thriving in these fields," President Obama told a Mount Vernon, Iowa, crowd Wednesday. "I've got to tell you, we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women, ready to learn and teach in these fields right now."

Obama was referring to challenger Mitt Romney's comment in Tuesday night's debate that as governor of Massachusetts he had sought and received "binders full of women" qualified to serve in state government.   

"When Governor Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders," Vice President Biden chimed in from an event in Greeley, Colorado. "The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just
should have come to my house. He didn't need a binder."

The Fix deems the binder line a sideshow, "the kind of story that one side pushes for a short time in hopes of gaining traction and then backs off of, with little lasting impact." (Remember Big Bird?)

"Absent a vision or plan for the next four years, President Obama’s campaign has little to talk about beyond senseless political attacks, such as criticizing Governor Mitt Romney for increasing the number of women in Massachusetts state government," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said in a statement.

At the same event, the president hammered Romney on Planned Parenthood and contraception.

“Governor Romney didn’t want to talk last night about how he wants to end funding for Planned Parenthood," Obama said in Iowa. "He didn’t want to talk about it because he can’t sell it. I don’t think your boss should control the health care you get. I don’t think insurers should control the health care you get. I certainly don’t think politicians should control the health care you get."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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