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Ledbetter, Baldwin, Longoria to address DNC convention


Now this is a fun line up. And yes, Longoria will get us tons of attention. Plus, it's a nice play after all the women bashing the GOP has been doing.

The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday to speak at party's upcoming convention in Charlotte, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Lilly Ledbetter, the woman who gave the name to President Obama's signature pay equity law.


Among the speakers are Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the openly gay Democratic Senate candidate; Illinois congressional candidate and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth; Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator and Nancy Keenan, who heads NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The speaker who may draw the most media attention: actress Eva Longoria, who is a national co-chair of Obama's campaign.

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who has been a surrogate for Obama since her showdown this year with Rush Limbaugh, is also on the list, as are Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president.


Memo to women voters: Mitt Romney STILL refuses to say whether he supports equal pay bill


Remember this embarrassing conference call in which Sam Stein asked Team Willard if Mitt Romney supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (which President Obama enthusiastically signed into law), and the only sound he heard back was crickets?

At the time, Lilly Ledbetter herself released this statement:

“I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. … Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think about whether they support pursuing every possible avenue to ensuring women get the same pay for the same work as men.”

Then America sat around and waited to hear back from Willard, but, in truth, we knew he'd dig himself into a bigger hole and anticipated further humiliation and infuriating asshatitude.

Which pretty much happened, per TPM:

“He supports pay equity and is not looking to change current law.”

Way to go, Mr. Leadership!

That's right, he never took a specific position on whether he'd fully support equal pay for women. That was in April.

It's nearly June, and The Washington Times is reporting that Team Romney is still Etch A Sketchy after being asked five, count 'em, five times whether or not he's made up his flip floppy, wishy washy little mind about the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that "would bring up to date the 70s-era Fair Pay Law":

His campaign didn’t respond to five messages left over the past week seeking his stance on the Paycheck Fairness Act. [...]

Governor Romney only says that he wouldn’t change existing law, raising questions about why he feels the need to parse his words on issues that are so significant to the security of women and families,” said Ben LaBolt, President Obama’s campaign spokesman. “Would he sign a veto of Lilly Ledbetter? Why won’t he express support for the Paycheck Fairness Act?”