Valerie Jarrett was in Hempstead, New York, at last night's debate—giving her a front-row seat to Mitt Romney's disastrous answers on women's issues.
Today, Jarrett joined the Gotta Vote bus tour in Greensboro, North Carolina, and spoke about the clear contrast between a candidate whose answer to an equal pay question was "binders full of women" and a President whose first piece of legislation helped women fight pay discrimination:
"Do you know what he thinks about every morning, in addition to you? His daughters. As he said last night, he wants them to grow up [with the same opportunities as our sons], which is why the first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—equal pay for equal work.
"Twice we tried to get additional legislation passed through the Congress: the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not a single Republican voted for that, and it would've given women more teeth to go after employers who aren't paying them fairly.
"You know the other thing the president was clear on last night: He believes a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body"My mother, who's 83, was talking to my daughter, who's 26. My mother said, "I can't believe you might have to fight the same battles I fought decades ago. That's not right. That's going backward." Romney's economic plan goes backward, his social policies go backward. He's backward. Which way are we? Forward. Which way are we going to go? Forward."