Obama hits Palin on Equal Pay for Equal Work

By Arnab Datta

Aug 31, 2008 3:58pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Obama – for the first time – has brought up specific criticisms of Senator McCain’s new VP choice, Sarah Palin – accusing her of not supporting Equal Pay for Equal Work.

“John McCain’s new VP nominee seems like a very engaging person, a nice person,” Obama started to say during a town hall in Toledo, OH, “But I’ve got to say, she’s opposed like John McCain is to equal pay for equal work. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”

Senator Obama recalled the story he tells often: of his grandmother starting of in a secretarial pool and then working her way up the ranks to become VP of a bank.

“But even with all she accomplished, she was still passed over repeatedly because it was hard being a woman in the 60s and the 70s, being a path breaker like that,” Obama concluded, “And I’ve got two daughters and when I think about them, I say to myself, I want to make sure that those girls have exactly the same opportunities as anybody’s sons will. That’s why we’re gonna fight for equal pay for equal work.”

The Obama campaign could not provide immediate proof Palin’s opposition to Equal Pay – and instead only connected Palin to McCain’s opposition.

“Senator McCain has a clear record of opposing equal pay and as his running mate Governor Palin is tasked with promoting his agenda,” Obama spokesman Jen Psaki says. 

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