Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), in a forum hosted Tuesday by The Washington Post, said that problems in the United States' education system can be traced back to mothers joining the workforce.

Bryant was asked about why educational outcomes in the United States have become more mediocre in recent years, and he cited the fact that more mothers are working.

"I think both parents started working," he said, according to The Post's Valerie Strauss. "The mom got in the workplace."