Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the Obama administration’s push to close the gender wage gap “smoke and mirrors” designed to distract Democratic voters, claiming that “no one is being hurt more than women by the Obama economy.”
Cruz spoke with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto about the Democrats’ full-court press on equal pay, particularly Tuesday’s celebratory signing of two executive orders on the subject by President Obama.
The Texas lawmaker explained that the wage gap campaign is part of a broader strategy to draw attention away from the Democrats’ own failings in governance. “The reality is, women are hurting and they’re hurting under President Obama’s economic agenda,” he said. “Under President Obama, 3.7 million women have moved into poverty. Under President Obama, the median income for women has dropped over $700.”
“The Obama economy is a disaster,” he continued, “and the people who are hurt the most are the most vulnerable among us. They’re young people, they’re Hispanics, they’re African-Americans, they’re single moms. And all the smoke and mirrors at the White House are designed to distract from the failures of the Obama economy and the people who are hurting. And no one is being more hurt than women by the Obama economy.”
Cruz later added that the executive orders “have nothing to do with equal pay for equal work,” noting that’s been the law for years. “The answer is not to pass a trial lawyer bonanza. This has nothing to do with actually improving the situation of women in the workplace.”
“This has everything to do with a political showboat for the Democrats and paying off the trial lawyers, who are among the biggest donors to the Democratic Party,” he explained. “And they’re using women to hide what they’re really trying to do.”
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