Top Obama administration aides pushed back Sunday against a charge by Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney that women have suffered the brunt of the weak economy during the president’s tenure.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner called Romney’s claim that women have accounted for 92% of the jobs lost since Obama took office “ridiculous and very misleading.”
“It’s a meaningless way to look at the basic contours of the economy,” Geithner told Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” adding that male-dominated industries such as construction and manufacturing were drained of jobs when the recession began underPresident George W. Bush.
“It’s just a political moment,” he said of Romney’s comments. “You know there’s the quality of political debate, you know, about economic policy is really terrible. It’s not surprising given it’s a campaign, but we have to govern in facts and, you know, the debate we should be having is, again, what’s the right policies to make the economy stronger?”
Politifact, a nonpartisan fact check organization, has rated Romney’s claim that 92% of job losses have hit women as “mostly false.”…
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